Why I Don’t Time or Predict the Market

One can never predict the market.  That is one fact that we know about the stock market.  Not one individual knows what the price will close on for any given day, for any given stock.  I read an article the other day and it made me smirk – there has never been one person to buy a stock at it’s absolute lowest point only to sell it at it’s absolute highest point.  This is why I don’t try to time or predict the market.

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Lanny’s May Dividend Income Summary

Whoo!  Here we go!  The Cavs just clinched the Eastern Conference and are going to The Finals – beginning June 2nd, two of my best friends were married this month and I’m excited to see what opportunities lie ahead going into the last 7 months of the year.  The market has been essentially slightly up since the end of May, but not by much – however, we still do have Tuesday, May 31st to make a statement (I’d be happy with a 5% stock shock downwards… haha).  With that – let’s check out what dividends were received in this month of May 2016!

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Notable Dividend Increases – April 2016

Dividend increases – one major reason why we are in the dividend investing community, right?  The month of April is always a fun month for the Dividend Diplomat Portfolio, as there are a few DOW companies that increase their dividend through this wonderful month.  We wanted to write an article to bring forth those notable dividend increases this month of April and to see the impact on my portfolio and then to see how you and other investors benefited.  Don’t worry – I’ll keep it to 3 stocks!  Now… let’s dive on in! Continue reading

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Which “Always Buy” Stock is Cheapest?

Breaking News!  The stock market had an insane week last week.  Every day was an exciting new chapter.  On Friday, the thrilling conclusion, the S&P 500 closed down 2.38% and this wasn’t even the lowest point of the day.  Bottom line is that there are many great stocks available at a discount right now and investors have been scooping them up left and right.  Heck, Lanny and I were both active as we both added to our stakes in ADM (See Bert’s purchase summary here and Lanny’s here).   With each subsequent red day in the market I become more motivated to add a rock-solid dividend paying company to my portfolio that I can buy and hold till I reach financial independence.   During times like these, I decided to look no further than my list of 5 “Always Buy” stocks to determine which one of these companies is trading at a price that may be too low to resist.

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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 and going forward I am going to maintain a list of five stocks that I will always buy so 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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Expected Dividend Increases in June 2015

I alluded to this fact in my article last month, but I have now officially completed a 12 month cycle in my expected dividends increases article!  This has been one of our more consistent articles in our one year of blogging and I have enjoyed summarizing Dividend Aristocrats that are expected to announce dividend increases in the upcoming month.  Why?  Because it has introduced me to many new dividend paying stocks that I never considered before because either the yield is too low or they do not receive the same coverage as your Walmarts, PGs, JNJs, etc.   So now that we completed one 12-month cycle, let’s begin a new chapter and review Dividend Aristocrats that are expected to announce a dividend increase in June 2015!

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Expected Dividend Increases in May

All, I am very proud to say this, but this article series has come around full circle.  One of the very first articles we wrote on this blog was about Dividend Aristocrats that were expected to announce a dividend increase during June, 2014. This article will represent our 12th summary and you know what that means, our website is getting ready to celebrate its one year anniversary!  As a refresher, this monthly article series stemmed out of a love that me, Lanny, and many other dividend growth investors share….increasing dividends!   So much so that it turned into a game as we would try our best to predict the increase that would be announced.  While the game was fun, it was centered around the central idea that dividend growth is crucial for any DGI portfolio so that we can build a steady, growing income stream.  Without the growth, our income stream would begin to lose its purchasing power annually as the growth in inflation would slowly erode the value of the income stream.  With that being said, lets take a look at the first article in Year 2 and see which dividend Aristocrats are expected to announce a dividend  increase in May.

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