Welcome back to The Dividend Guy and this week’s weekly roundup. A few cool articles this week that I think you dividend investors (and investors in general) will appreciate these.
1. One the carnival front, Millionaire Mommy Next Door did a great job posting this week’s trick or treat version of the Carnival of Personal Finance. My article called Market Timing Works was included (hint: market timing DOESN’T work).
2. The Festival of Stocks, hosted by the Financial Alchemist, included my analysis on Johnson & Johnson.
Thanks to both of these folks for hosting these!
In other article news:
1. Money and Such wrote an interesting article on diversification, including 4 things an investor should do to ensure that they are diversified. Specifically, many mutual funds can hold the same stocks so it is prudent to ensure you are not doubling up in any one stock without knowing it.
2. Even though I love dividend investing, there seems to be a real trend out there as companies turn to buying back shares instead of issuing dividends. I think there is a belief that buybacks bring more value to shareholders in the form of reduced float and higher share price. I am not convinced this is in investor’s best interests. Here is the article from S&P (pdf).
3. Wanna see what Moneysense calls the best investors in 2007? It is an interesting read – especially the lesson from the investor who had too many eggs in the income trust basket and lost $1.2 million overnight. MY favorites – Carl Anderson and Derek Foster – who both invest in dividend stocks to both grow their portfolios and live off the payments.
4. How Much Does $20 A Week Amount To Over Time? My Two Dollars does a good job of showing us investors how a little bit really ads up! At 4.3%, $20 per week ads up to $63,650 in thirty years. Better than a kick in the teeth!
5. Finally, there is a good article from MarketWatch that provides some good lessons from the 1987 stack market crash. Although it is focused on mutual funds, which I try to avoid, the lessons apply to investing in general. Some times you jusy cannot avoid short-term pain.