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How to – Evaluating Dividend Paying Stocks

Posted by nickxyz on June 6, 2014

Good morning,

Looking out the window today, everything around is covered in fog, visibility is down to almost nothing. Leaning back, sipping on my coffee and starting to read a bit. After a while, the fog is starting to lift, and bit by bit, things take on a clear outline.

The same can be said about the decision to invest. Initially, everything is covered in fog and it is hard to find your way around it. Don’t despair, just pick a starting point and keep at it. The fog will begin to lift!

Finding listings of dividend paying stocks assembled by someone else and sent through the elusive analysis machine already, look great, hold great promise. Yet, when it comes down to it, does the evaluation performed make sense for your goals? Is the applied logic consistent and applicable? Why did this party apply the factors and benchmarks they did?
All good, rather great, questions! Questions that need answers for you to make up your own mind whether the compiled information at hand has any merit for yourself.

In my self-education endeavors, mostly on ‘Seeking Alpha’ (great resource site!), I ran across the below article (in a series). While for me personally, some of the stock choices and their respective slotting in the ranking does not make sense for my investment strategy, I found the approach employed to develop the ranking quite interesting. And most definitely a worth while exercise for anyone learning how to evaluate stocks on their own!

Dividend Growth All Stars – Parsimony Investment Research


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Creative – next level

Posted by nickxyz on May 5, 2014

Creative – next level

Wow, how creative is this?

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April 2014 – Yep, still here

Posted by nickxyz on May 1, 2014

Life has accelerated proportional to the age of our little guy. Usually around 8 pm each evening, my conviction gets renewed once more that the Energizer Bunny incarnate has taken up residence in our domicile. The average speed with which two dogs and a little guy race around in circles holds steady at 110 mph.

In an attempt to encourage energy consumption, we have signed up for various athletic outlets throughout the year. It being spring, we are talking soccer. This is our third season, and progress has been quite apparent. Our first season was mostly a vain attempt at herding cats on a green field. I was entirely unaware of how many grass hoppers and earth worms deliberately hide on said green field. That round thing commonly referred to as soccer ball was nothing more than a distraction from the primary explorative mission.

Second season brought us the revelation of team work, and how important it is to have a descriptive yet flashy team name – The Fireballs. It really doesn’t matter if there are players with a different colored shirt on the field, they all share the same (physical structure) goal anyway. Everyone tries to touch, carry, cover, get ahold of the newfangled soccer ball, it most likely won’t leave the closely spaced group of tykes anyway.

Third season is about to wrap up. Ball coordination has made great strides, there are some pretty hard direct goal kicks and quite impressive one-on-one display of skills; and there are girls on the team!! One in particular. We, the evil scheming parents that we are, have now quite a bit of incriminating photographic evidence, which will get ample use at some deliberate point in the future.

Gotta go, the little guy is already half a mile ahead….

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January 2012 – Still here

Posted by nickxyz on January 16, 2012

Geesh, it is 2012 already. It has been, almost to the day, 2 years since the last post. Time has bee flying.

Our little guy continues to rule the roost; he becomes more and more effective at it every day. Life otherwise has been going nice and steady. Almost seems to imply to pick up the blogging habit again. New year, new resolutions, let’s see how long it lasts.

Hope you hang around, see you soon

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Christmas 2010

Posted by nickxyz on December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010 – second Christmas for our little guy.

The Holidays were great: not super cold like it was last year (although missed the “white Christmas” feeling), family from overseas in town, everyone healthy and in good spirits, friends visiting, good food. Nice all around.

Now… having experienced the generosity of certain individuals (female contingent of the better half’s side), we tried to be proactive and suggest in a very nice and polite way to divert the impending economic subsidies to the likes of Toys’R’Us and company to a more productive outlet, namely the college savings plan for the little guy.

One would think (of individuals with reasonable common sense) that this suggestion would be well received and its motivation inherently obvious. Well, not so. Apparently.

Instead, the previously mentioned attempt at a private economic bailout campaign experienced additional support, resulting in bags and bags of stuff. Stuff of questionable origin, motivation and intention. Stuff occupying every available (and unavailable) square inch of living room, dining room and kitchen. Stuff the little guy won’t even get to until way beyond next Christmas. Let’s not even mention the pending birthday event….

When politely inquiring about origin, the universal answer is: it’s from aunt / uncle abc (who provided a monetary contribution to begin with) and they wanted him to have xyz. When politely inquiring about the motivation, including age appropriateness, the universal answer is: if he doesn’t like it, just get rid of it or throw it out. When politely pointing out that the brand new gift has already suffered the loss of protruding parts (not even having been subjected to the little guy’s quality assurance processes yet), the universal answer is: it’s plastic, I wouldn’t expect much from it (the toy). Or for some variation: the cousin second degree (4 years older) has one just like it and everyone (the 30 and older crowd) loved it, too.

Moral of the story: repeating the original friendly suggestion of funds usage alternative in a somewhat more direct and unmistakable language on Christmas day itself, just barely staying afloat of the ocean of wrapping paper, is generally not advisable.

Learned something today

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