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Realty Income: Let the Monthly Dividend Company Pay Your Bills in 2017

The following is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for InvestorPlace. You can read the full article here. I’ve always been a big believer in taking a total return approach to investing, focusing on both capital gains and income. And with the capital gains looking a little more iffy than usual at current stock […]

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The 7 Best Monthly Dividend Stocks for 2017

The following is an excerpt of a piece I wrote for InvestorPlace: The second half of 2016 was not kind to income investors. As bond yields rose, the prices of virtually everything paying an income stream got slammed. Some of my favorite dividend stocks, REITs and closed-end funds fell by 20% or more… at a […]

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7 Stingy Stocks That Should Raise Their Dividends

The following is an excerpt from 7 Dividend Stocks That Owe You More Money. Nothing is more frustrating to me than stingy dividend stocks. And this is coming from me, a man with a well-deserved reputation as a cheapskate. (I prefer to think of myself as “frugal,” but my friends and family have other choice […]

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Dividend Growth Returns Year to Date

It didn’t get off to a good start. But 2016 is shaping up to be a fine year for the Dividend Growth portfolio. Through June 3, the Dividend Growth portfolio was up 17.3% in 2016, including dividends and allowing for a 1.5% management fee. That compares to a 2.7% return for the S&P 500. And […]

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Dividend Investing: How Many Years of Dividend Growth is Enough?

I gave my thoughts on dividend investing to CNBC’s Constance Gustke. You can read the full article here, and an excerpt is below:   Does the length of years a stock has been paying dividends, and maybe increasing them, matter in selecting a dividend investment? Reliability of cash flow and dividends over a number of […]

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Barron’s Comments On My Mortgage REIT Article

Writing for Barron’s this week, John Kimelman had some comments on my recommendation of mortgage REITs. (see “The Value in Non-Tech Nasdaq, Mortgage REITs” Subscription may be required.) Here is an excerpt: Regardless of market conditions, Wall Street has proven itself adept at coming up with arguments for why a heavy weighting in stocks is […]

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Blast from the Past: Walmart Dividend Letter from 1985

I was digging through an old file cabinet that had belonged to my grandfather, and I found this little blast from the past: a Walmart (WMT) letter to shareholders from 1985, signed by Chairman and company founder Sam Walton. As a child in the 1980s, I actually remember my grandfather proudly showing me a paper […]

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Covestor Manager Comments September 2013

All returns data reflect the performance of Covestor models and come directly from Covestor.com.  Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Note to Chairman Bernanke: Taper or don’t taper, but whatever you’re going to do, do it already so we can get on with our lives. The Fed’s indecision regarding its plans for its […]

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