Bert’s Recent Buy – Norwood Financial Group – NWFL

In his last purchase article, Lanny alluded to the fact that I may have purchased the same stock as his.  Well, Lanny was right and great minds think alike.  We have been talking about this purchase for several weeks and we finally just decided to buy it!  While my rationale may have been slightly different than Lanny’s, here is why I added to my stake in Norwood Financial (NWFL).

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Dividend Impact of a Potential Acquisition for Norfolk Southern (NSC) Shareholders

One of the reasons why I love investing in dividend growth companies is that management has many tolls at their disposal to generate value for their shareholders.   The easiest manner is to announce a share buyback program or a dividend increase, which have minimal impact on the operations of the companies.  However, if management is looking for a larger splash, they can always spin-off a business unit, merge two companies out of no-where (See Kraft) or even sell the company to the highest bidder.   All of these scenarios have different impacts for us dividend growth investors.  Today, I wanted to take a look at one of the rumors that has been floating around for the last couple of weeks and analyze how the move would impact my forward dividend income.  Let’s dove into these Norfolk Southern (NSC) buyout rumors.

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Goal Accomplished: Investing $15,000 in “New” Capital

I’m excited!  I haven’t written one of these articles in a long time and it feels great to be back in the game.  My last purchase of Emerson Electric was significant for a few reasons.  There is the obvious significance that I now have a cost basis over $3,000 for an individual stock for the first time.   It is a powerhouse position in my portfolio and will be a great foundation stock in my portfolio for many years to come.  But more importantly, this last purchase helped me accomplish/defeat on of my 2015 investing goals!   Let’s see which goal I conquered and how I was able to do so in the first nine months of the year.goals Continue reading

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Bert’s Five “Always Buy” Stocks

The last month has been a roller coaster ride in the stock market.  I love waking up in the morning and reading about the pre-markets and the developments that occurred overseas while I was asleep.   Every time I read and hope for a downturn so I can benefit as much as possible as a dividend investor, whether it is from initiating a new position, lowering my cost basis in a stock I already own, or receiving a few extra fractional shares from a DRIP.

A few weeks ago I woke up and there was a sudden decrease in the market. Sadly, I froze….I didn’t know how to allocate my idle cash and it turns out I missed a golden opportunity.  I learned a very important lesson from this experience. Going forward I am going to maintain a list of five stocks that I will always buy.  That way,  I will be able to react instantaneously the next time the market decides to suddenly drop.   After weeks of consideration, I have compiled the first installment of this list.  Did any of the stocks you currently own make the cut?  Let’s find out.

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Top 5 Benefits for Dividend Investors in a Stock Market Downturn

The last one month has seen the stock price of the S&P 500 decline by more than 8%, and 8.22% to be exact (as of Labor Day weekend)!  There are many things working AGAINST the market at this point in time – China, Oil prices, Canada officially in recession, as well as many other global crises occurring.  However, and most importantly – I feel that consumer sentiment is also moving against the market, as the Michigan survey has indicated a downslide from July 2015 to August 2015.  What does this stock market downturn mean for Dividend Investors?  One Word.  Opportunity.   Continue reading

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Bert’s Recent Buy – 3M Company (MMM)

Well everyone, Lanny wasn’t the only one on this website to take advantage of the market downturn as he purchased JNJ earlier in the week.   After finishing my recent obsession of building up my stake in IBM a few weeks ago, I began hoarding cash with a new target in mind.  I have been monitoring this company on and off over the last year or so and the recent downturn in the market presented too good of an opportunity for me to continue sitting on the sideline.   Let’s see which stock I purchased this week!

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Expected Dividend Increases in December

2015 is quickly approaching!  Holy smokes.  As the calendar turns for the final time this year, it is time to review which Dividend Aristocrats are expected to announce dividend increases in December.  For all new readers, we have reviewed projected dividend increases at the beginning of each month.  Why? Because the Dividend Diplomats love dividend increases, especially from Aristocrats.  With that being said, let’s review our projections from November and take a look ahead to the final month of 2014!

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