Happy Memorial Day! – Dividend Investing Video Review

Happy Memorial Day!  – Dividend Investing Video Review

Memorial Day, for many people in the US is considered the “official” start of memorial day remember soldiers stock market closedSummer – however, it was originally called Decoration Day, and is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Won’t you take a moment today to stop and pause to remember those gave their lives so that you may enjoy the many freedoms given to all citizens of the United States?

Stock Markets Closed – Homework Time

homework time daily dividend investing for passive cashflow lifetime retirement incomeSince the US stock markets are all closed today in observance of Memorial Day, I thought it might be good opportunity to review some of the basics of dividend investing. Josh Peters over at Morningstar put together this great video about what to look for when evaluating adding a dividend stock to your portfolio.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

DDI Monthly Income Update: April 2012 / Back In The Saddle Again

DDI Monthly Income Update: April 2012  / Back In The Saddle Again

Yeah, it’s been awhile.

As I’ve mentioned in several posts over the last few days, I got off to a rough start in the first quarter of 2012 back in saddle return daily dividend investing passive income stream retirement livingdue to some illnesses and other family issues. But the good news is that even while I was away tending to my family, the DDI portfolio just kept doing it’s thing. Not only did it continue to generate “daily” passive income, but the income continued to increase as well!

The best “surprise” of all (which really isn’t a surprise), is that while the DOW, Nasdaq and S&P were all barreling ahead, the DDI portfolio was right there along for the ride! After trading between $125-$130k for the later part of 2011, the DDI portfolio recently hit a high of just over $150k. While the portfolio has pulled back with the recent market declines, it remains comfortably in the mid $145k range.

April’s Income Results

show me money now passive income dividends royalty stream life ddi blogWe’re here for the passive income though, so let’s get back to the monthly income results for April. As the first month of the quarter, April’s results will tend to lag those of the second and third months…

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5 Dividend Increases For Friday May 25th, 2012

5 Dividend Increases For Friday May 25th, 2012

While the msputtering stock market daily dividend investor blog shows passive income stream wealth accumulationarkets continue to sputter again this week, and the DOW now below the 12,500 mark, investors continue to look to income equities to pad their wallets.  Four companies helped out income focused investors by delivering increases – Viacom the cable TV operator increased both their A and B shares from $0.25 to $0.275 with yields around 2%.

With the 5 dividend increases announced today, we logged a total of 18 dividend increases for the week. Starting with today’s round up, I’ll be offering a link to an online spreadsheet with all the numbers for today’s dividend changes.

Additionally, I’ll be adding each daily round-up to a 2012 year-to-date spreadsheet that will give you a big picture view of all the dividend increases for the year.

The Daily Round-Up

In addition to the two increases from Viacom (ticker: VIA / ticker: VIAB) here’s a brief recap of our three other dividend increases:

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Dividend Increases For Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Fashion Rules The Day

Dividend Increases For Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Fashion Rules The Day

After a quiet day with no dividend increases on Wednesday, investors were rewardedfashion brands dsw ralph lauren prada gucci dolce passive income stream retire young today with four companies announcing that they would increase the amount of their cash payouts.

Included in today’s mix were two fashion and clothing related names, DSW (ticker: DSW) Designer Show Warehouse and Ralph Lauren (ticker: RL) along with two insurance related names: W.R. Berkley (ticker: WRB) and Independence Holding Co. (ticker: IHC).

Doing The Research

As I’ve mentioned before, I take a few minutes to do a quick background check and lookstock investing requires research daily dividend investor creates passive cash flow stream for life over a few key financial facts for each company that makes a daily dividend increase announcement. As I was looking at DSW the shoe retailer, I was actually surprised to learn that the company has been in business since 1917, almost 100 years.

When I find a company in a niche field, like selling shoes that has also been in business for over 50 years that is often a good sign that there may be a trend in long term dividend payments to shareholders, possibly even increasing dividends. Looking back to 2008 at Ddesigner shoe warehouse dividend increase may passive income portfolio names blogSW’s dividend history, I found that the company has only paid one small dividend until reviving the payout at the beginning of 2012.

I’ll add DSW to my watch list for potential investments, however, they’ll have to establish a longer term series of dividend payments before becoming a member of the DDI portfolio.

What Is Your Best Investment Idea?

I appreciate all the email and other feedback I get from writing the Daily Dividend Investor Blog. While I enjoy sharing my thoughts and ideas, I’m also interested in hearing about your investment ideas. What’s the best investment move you’ve made in the last 12 months?

Cash? Stocks? Gold? Comic Books? Let me know what you’re thinking.


You can reach me at: dailydividendinvestor@gmail.com

Company Ticker Yield New Old Frequency
DSW Class A DSW 1.2% .18 .15 Quarterly
Independence Holdings IHC 0.8% .035 .025 Semi-Annual
Ralph Lauren Class A RL 1.1 .40 .20 Quarterly
WR Berkley WRB 0.9% .09 .08 Quarterly

Investment Considerations- Read Before Investing

As always when evaluating investment opportunities it’s important to keep in mind not only the fundamentals o smart investing ideas daily dividend investor dividendguy considerations  income stream portfolio stocks retiree passive cashflow mutual fundsf the stock itself, but also how the holding entity (Limited Partnership,Royalty TrustMaster Limited PartnershipBusiness Development CompanyPreferred Stock) may affect the way you report income on your annual tax return as well as the amount or percentage of tax  you will be required to pay. Adding shares of any of these special entities to tax deferred / retirement accounts may also present additional issues.

Remember to review all of the fundamentals of any company BEFORE investing – do not simply buy a stock based on the dividend payout. If you have further questions about any stock mentioned her you should first consult with your CPA or tax planner / advisor before making any investments.


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When A Dividend Increase Isn’t

When A Dividend Increase Isn’t

things dont go as planned investment ideas bad daily passive income streamWhile there were a couple of companies that announced initial dividends today, Georgia Gulf (ticker: GGC) and Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ticker: ROYT), there were no companies announcing dividend increases today.

Normally on days when there are companies announcing a dividend increase I take a few minutes to look over each company to see if it might be worthy of further research for inclusion in the Daily Dividend Investor Portfolio. However, since there was little to research today, I took a few minutes to look back over some of the more recent increases of the last week or so.

The Royalty Trust Dilema

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