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

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 learned […]

safe investing plan

How to beat the market

Look at that dark green line. That’s where you want to be — over 30% greater returns than the next best group­ing of stocks. Notice the long time­line of this chart. When you have a long time hori­zon, and stick to your strat­e­gy, you can do real­ly well regard­less of short­er-term mar­ket dynam­ics (like the […]

Large cap dividend returns

The Importance of Dividends

I love the idea build­ing wealth. But what has always turned me on about invest­ing is that the mon­ey I’ve set aside can earn mon­ey on its own (with­out me work­ing). That’s the gen­e­sis of the Elephant’s Paycheck. I’ve focused on the impor­tance of div­i­dends to the long term strat­e­gy of wealth build­ing, and on […]

What are Dividends?

Are You Paying Attention to the Right Financial News?

It’s all about the Elephant’s Paycheck. The div­i­dend income you receive, and rein­vest until you need it. How do you find good infor­ma­tion about div­i­dend stocks? The thing is, sta­ble div­i­dend pay­ers some­times tell you what their plans are. Not always, but often enough that it’s impor­tant to lis­ten. They might tell you that the div­i­dend […]

Increasing Dividends

Tired & Boring Investing

It’s the dream: Find a pen­ny stock that your “spe­cial insight” leads you to believe that it’s under­val­ued. Buy tons. Watch it go to $10. Sell (pay 40–50% of your gains in tax­es) & retire. You might think this is invest­ing, I think it’s gam­bling. Though, if you have a “spe­cial insight” you would be cor­rect. […]

Dividend Aristocrats: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Elephant’s Paycheck invest­ment strat­e­gy for 401K rollovers is sim­ple to under­stand. Invest in div­i­dend aris­to­crats and allow div­i­dend rein­vest­ments to ampli­fy your rewards. What are div­i­dend aris­to­crats? They’re com­pa­nies that have increased their div­i­dends every year for at least the past 25 years in a row. They’re also larg­er com­pa­nies and pay reg­u­lar and con­sis­tent […]