Who doesn’t love raises?

Investing in dividend aristocrats increasing the likelihood of annual dividend increases, not just quarterly payments.

I came across this great arti­cle on the Kiplinger finance site, 12 Dividend Aristocrats for Every Month of the Year. It lists 12 com­pa­nies and shares some of their div­i­dend his­to­ry. As a group, you’ll get div­i­dend pay­ments every month. Getting paid every month, helps with bud­get­ing and cash flow for sure. Though I like […]

Updates to Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Kings Lists

Some good additions reward companies with long histories of dividend increases

Dividend increas­es are amaz­ing­ly pow­er­ful in their impact on the com­pound­ing of div­i­dend “pay­checks,” espe­cial­ly for peo­ple with a long term focus on build­ing wealth. Increases com­pound over time, but also ensure pro­tec­tion of the div­i­dend “pay­check” from infla­tion. A New Dividend King There are cur­rent­ly only 19 div­i­dend kings, com­pa­nies with 50+ con­sec­u­tive years of div­i­dend […]

Canadian dividend investors

I worked with an incred­i­ble team in Montreal, and know I have read­ers and own­ers of my book in Canada. This post is for you, though I can’t take any orig­i­nal writ­ing cred­it on this one. Start with an overview of what it’s like hold­ing US com­pa­nies in a Canadian port­fo­lio. Canadian com­pa­nies that deliv­er investors annu­al […]

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The amazing power of dividends along with other investing truths

I came across a very easy to read arti­cle with twelve hard truths about invest­ing and want­ed to make sure you read it. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing set of points on what peo­ple per­ceive about invest­ing tru­isms. It’s so impor­tant to be curi­ous and ques­tion the things we take for grant­ed in all parts of our lives, but espe­cial­ly when […]

Jim Cramer talks some sense

I love div­i­dends, but I make the assump­tion that peo­ple have some funds before they get start­ed. Whether the funds are the hold­ing pen where they accu­mu­late mon­ey to invest, or they have funds in their com­pa­ny 401K as their first adven­ture in invest­ing. In my book, I rec­om­mend indi­vid­ual stocks because we’re look­ing for con­ser­v­a­tive […]

Investing app reviews

One of the bits of neg­a­tive feed­back I’ve got­ten of my book is about the tac­ti­cal how-to. Specifically, I rec­om­mend a bit of an “old school” way to get start­ed. I rec­om­mend using direct pur­chase plans. In my mind, there are three broad ways to invest: Traditional bro­ker­ages Direct pur­chase plans Apps Direct pur­chase plans vs tra­di­tion­al […]

Dividend Aristocrats

It seems that Standard & Poors has changed their site to make it more dif­fi­cult (impos­si­ble?) to find the list of Dividend Aristocrats. I’ve com­piled the list, along with their tick­er sym­bols to help read­ers. Here’s the list of 52 Dividend Aristocrats as of July 2015 in a Google spread­sheet. If you have trou­ble access­ing them, […]

Dividend Aristocrats

Reframing your investment blueprint

My wife sent me this arti­cle on what makes peo­ple dis­rup­tive, said it describes me. I think it also describes a bit about what I’m doing with Elephant’s Paycheck, so thought I’d share. The insight I kept com­ing back to this quote in the arti­cle: …when he went to work at a gas sta­tion and […]

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Thinking about pay raises

Have you got­ten a pay raise late­ly? Probably a bet­ter ques­tion is: are you work­ing at the lev­el you’re capable/trained for, or are you just grate­ful to have a job with ben­e­fits? I got a pay raise at work. It was good, rel­a­tive­ly speak­ing based on anec­do­tal evi­dence and my own per­son­al obser­va­tions. Even so, my Elephant’s […]