They live among us! New human species discovered!

Recent sightings, uncovered documents and archaeological research all around the world has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a new and improved branch of the human species is evolving. What’s even more amazing is that the species lives in plain sight in every city and every town among the largely unaware human population! Who are they and what do they want?

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March Purchase #4 – Energy sector

Last Tuesday I made my 4th Sharebuilder automatic purchase in March and I decided to add to existing positions in the Energy sector. There’s another purchase opportunity this week since there are 5 Tuesdays in the month, however I’m not making an additional purchase this week.

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When is a dividend increase actually a decrease?

Some companies increase dividends yearly on their annual reports but actually pay you, the stockholder, less income each year. There are two answers to this question: one answer is simply when the dividend increase is less than the current rate of inflation. But what if the increases beat inflation – how can your dividend income be reduced in that case?

In explaining this apparent contradiction, let me present the curious tale of InterContinental Hotels (IHG) who operate a number of hotel brands around the world including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Candlewood Suites and InterContinental.

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UK Dividend History – Financial vs Calendar Year

In maintaining the UK Dividend Champions List, I’ve chosen to measure dividend growth length based on a company’s Ex-Dividend Date using a Calendar Year basis rather than Financial Year. In this post I look at the difference of Financial vs Calendar Year and its impact on the dividend growth history of some UK companies.

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7 Consumer Defensive dividend stocks – March purchase 2

For my automatic Sharebuilder purchase this week I added to 2 positions in Consumer Defensive stocks. Here’s a summary of the 5 stocks in my portfolio plus 2 additional companies on my watch list.

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My dividend portfolio sector allocation

A while back now, I looked at US stock sectors and the number of dividend champions they produced to see if there were any dividend-champion friendly sectors. I’ve used this train of thought to overhaul how I am weighting my stock portfolio. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…

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I will teach you to be rich!

I will teach you to be richI Will Teach You To Be RichI will teach you to be rich! OK, actually I won’t. But author Ramit Sethi will as he teaches you about money, living within your means and saving in this book.

Financial Independence is often described as a journey since it takes time and commitment. This book was the catalyst that revealed the first steps along that path to me, a path I never realized existed before. Here’s my long overdue review.

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