What are Dividends?

Dividends are awesome. Pick the right company, and they go in one direction - UP! Dividends have been rising faster than earnings, and that's a great opportunity for long-term investors

40% of total stock returns come from div­i­dends, but what are div­i­dends? From Part 2 of my book: When you pur­chase shares in a com­pa­ny, you become a par­tial own­er of that com­pa­ny. When buy­ing shares on a stock mar­ket through a bro­ker­age, you’re buy­ing shares of a pub­lic com­pa­ny – a com­pa­ny that has […]

What are Dividends?

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 div­i­dend […]

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The importance of dividends for long term investing

Dividend compounding has a massive effect on sustainable wealth building

This tweet should speak for itself: A reminder of what you’re doing when you cite mar­ket returns with­out div­i­dends. pic.twitter.com/QVrx9WJlqB — Morgan Housel (@morganhousel) August 19, 2016 Dividends and rein­vest­ing are mag­ic, as long as you keep a long term per­spec­tive. It’s amaz­ing that it’s so hard to find met­rics to help peo­ple focus on long term […]

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 […]

What happens to big oil dividends if oil prices stay low?

I get asked ques­tions all the time. I thought I’d share some (along with my answers) that might be of gen­er­al inter­est start­ing with this post. On the top­ic of div­i­dends: what is your take on Big Oil going into the red to con­tin­ue to deliv­er div­i­dends? It seems like a risky bet in the face […]

Consistency and commitment

Two more rea­sons to love div­i­dends: con­sis­ten­cy & com­mit­ment. From a great blog you should read reg­u­lar­ly — the Reformed Broker: Executives believe that main­tain­ing the div­i­dend is on par with invest­ment deci­sions such as cap­i­tal spend­ing, where­as they view buy­backs as some­thing to do with resid­u­al cash flow after the com­pa­ny has made all […]

Sure Dividend

I read a lot. A lot a lot. I tend to think of sites in one of three ways: Sites that have catchy head­li­nes and suck in traf­fic. Sites that have an inter­est­ing arti­cle or two, but that don’t com­pel the read­er to return again and again. Sites that add so much val­ues, you stop by most every day. If […]

Sure Dividend

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

Follow the money

Follow the mon­ey. That’s my answer. The biggest chal­lenge I get about the Elephant’s Paycheck Blueprint has to do with the dis­be­lief that some­thing this sim­ple can exist with­out every­one know­ing about it already. If you build an Elephant’s Paycheck Blueprint port­fo­lio, who makes mon­ey? No one real­ly. When you pur­chase your ini­tial shares you’ll like­ly pay a […]

Follow the money