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My Best Ideas 30 August 2015 This is a list of companies that have a very nice estimated one year return on invested capital based on the sum of the delta of the one year estimated price target plus the calculated one year dividend yield. (Full List)
Dividend Increases 24-28 August 2015 This is a list of those companies that have recently increased their dividends. The list includes the amount and percentage of the increase, the forward dividend yield, and the ExDividend, Record and Payment dates. (Full List)
Lions Gate Entertainment 28 August 2015 It's no secret that I'm a strong believer in digital content. I own shares in Disney, Comcast, Time Warner, Fox, and Viacom because I believe that entertainment is going to attract a bigger and bigger share of the world's disposable income. And regardless of the means by which people get their entertainment, it's the content they're after. (Full Article)
Horace Mann Educators 26 August 2015 Horace Mann Educators Corporation is an outstanding insurance company with a very special focus. And that focus is teachers. In fact, this company was founded by teachers who understood that teachers were an underserved group with very specific needs. And that has turned out to be a very lucrative business for the company's shareholders. (Full Article)
Vail Resorts 24 August 2015 Vail Resort is a major participant in the upper end vacation segment of the travel industry. Four of its mountain resorts are among the top five most visited resorts anywhere in the United States. In addition, the company's resorts serve a customer base with an above average income of $170K per year across all five of their resorts. (Full Article)
Dividend Yields on the Major Oil Companies 23 August 2015 The prices of these oil companies are falling along with the price of crude oil and, as a result, their stock dividend yields are rising toward all time highs. Great companies like these have survived this type of economy many times before and have not only survived but continued to increase their dividends.
4.04% ExxonMobil Corp 5.56% Royal Dutch Shell 5.64% Chevron Corp 6.52% ConocoPhillips 4.33% Occidental Petroleum 5.86% Total SA 6.98% BP Inc 5.51% Eni SpA 5.97% Statoil ASA
I'm an Investor, Not a Writer 20 August 2015 A couple of years ago I had an idea to create a website around my two passions - investing and photography. I really didn't know a lot about websites and I wasn't a professional writer, but I was an experienced individual investor and an avid amateur photographer. The result ended up being the beginning of this website. And over time… (Full Article)
Apple Inc. 17 August 2015 Apple Inc has become a value company whose biggest followers are momentum investors. Smart investors can take advantage of that fact very easily. The fundamentals will tell you that this is a company to own and the momentum investors will make the stock price bipolar. Buy when they hate it and sell some when they love it. But never… (Full Article)
Cal-Maine Foods 13 August 2015 Cal-Maine (CALM) is the largest producer and distributor of fresh shell eggs in the US. With 350 million Americans eating an average of five eggs per week, there's a lot of money being made selling eggs. I want to be part of that. I'm buying. (Summary) (Company) (Daily Chart)
Avocados 12 August 2015 The world is becoming fascinated with that little fruit with the big nut - the avocado. It's something that Texans and Californians have known about for centuries and now the rest of the world wants it too. Today I want to look at two companies (Calavo Growers and Limoneira) operating in two different parts of the avocado business… (Full Article)
Outerwall, Inc 10 August 2015 Outerwall Inc is the leading provider of automated retail solutions. The company offers convenient products and services that greatly benefit their consumers while at the same time driving traffic and revenue toward the host retailers. This is a great concept and I expect that it will work with just about any product small enough to fit into … (Full Article)
KAR Auction Services 6 August 2015 KAR Auction Services operates a complete auto auction solution. The company's business units include ADESA, a wholesale used vehicle operation; Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), a salvage auto auction company; and Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), a capital funding source for the used vehicle industry. (Full Article)
L Brands 4 August 2015 It's been about a year since I wrote about L Brands and I've not only seen the stock rise in price over the last year but I've seen some rather lucrative dividends too. So today I thought I'd take another look and see whether it's still a good time to buy shares in this company. (Full Article)
Home Shopping Network 3 August 2015 What was once known as The Home Shopping Network is now HSN Inc. and it still sells a wide range of third party and proprietary private label products directly to consumers. HSN Inc today consists of both HSN, which includes the HSN television networks, digital platforms and mobile, and Cornerstone, which includes a portfolio…. (Full Article)
Crude and the Multi-Nationals 1 August 2015 There's no doubt that the price of West Texas Intermediate Crude is affecting the price of the Multi-National Oil Companies, but there's also no doubt that the yields on these world class oil companies are rising fast and approaching record levels. If you're a dividend growth investor, these are exactly the kinds of companies and yields you dream about. (Full Article)
Fundamental or Technical 30 July 2015 Most investors fall into one of two categories. Some consider themselves Fundamental Analysts while others consider themselves Technical Analysts. Each group tends to argue that their investing perspective is better and more effective without ever attempting to understand or appreciate the merits of the other perspective. Similarly… (Full Article)
Finding the Trend 29 July 2015 When I’m researching stocks I'm not only looking at the fundamentals, I'm also looking closely at the charts. And when I study charts, I like to see several indicators displayed on each chart. One of the indicators I like to see is a set of three multiple moving averages (MA). My favorites are the 5, 10 and 20 period MAs. (Full Article)
Defining Success 27 July 2015 This may be an oversimplification of how to attain a successful life but I’m convinced that most people over think these kinds of things and tend to make life a lot more difficult than it really has to be.
Life is easy -- It's people that make life difficult. (Full Article)
Making Money in a Down Market 26 July 2015 This past week has been very damaging to a lot of investor's accounts. It's obvious if looking at the chart of the DJIA or the charts of the individual 30 stocks making up the DJIA. Right now 20 of the 30 stocks are below their 50 day moving average and the other 10 are close to their 50 day moving average and falling fast. (Full Article)
Reviewing Those Dividend Increases I list companies announcing dividend increases in the Dividend Increases section of this site because I've found this to be a fertile area for finding candidates for consideration. Companies that pay an annual dividend of at least 2% and increase that dividend at a rate greater than inflation are the kind of companies that every DGI is attracted to. When that company has done that for a number of years, it becomes even more interesting. And if that company has a one year estimated capital gain of 10% or more, I start to buy shares in that company.
Whirlpool Today 25 July 2015 The Whirlpool Corporation is the largest home appliance maker in the world today. It got that way by swallowing up many of the other home appliance manufacturers over the years. Today the company markets appliances under the brands Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Brastemp, Bauknecht and Consul. (Full Article)
Investing Ain't Physics 24 July 2015 If you’re a swing trader, you're probably familiar with the concept of stock price inertia. It’s the idea that if a stock is moving higher, it’ll continue to move higher into the future, regardless of how short that future may be. It's also the idea that if a stock is moving lower it'll continue to move lower going forward. It’s this one simple idea that… (Full Article)
Swing Trade or Sell Options 23 July 2015 Everyone that invests in the stock market is a trader. Even if they only buy and hold. In fact that's how all of us got into the positions we're holding today. We traded money for stock. Someday most of us will reverse this process and trade the stock we own for someone else's money. That's the nature of this business. (Full Article)
Apple Inc. 22 July 2015 Apple beat revenues and earnings estimates for Q2 and have lowered guidance for the next quarter. As a result the stock is getting pummeled in after hours trading. This may just be an excellent opportunity to pick up shares of Apple Inc tomorrow at a relative bargain. Don't believe the bad press. These are still great numbers.
It's Easy To Make Money 21 July 2015 It's easy to make a lot of money in the stock market. Really, it is. It's made every day by a lot of different people and the driving force behind it is greed. It's also easy to lose a lot of money in the market. It's also lost every day by a lot of people and the driving force behind it is usually fear. What's hard is holding on to your money. (Full Article)
The Walt Disney Company 19 July 2015 The Walt Disney Company may be the best known company in the entire world. It may also be one of the best companies in the world to work for. It hasn't been on sale for decades and it pays a stingy dividend. So why would anyone want to own shares of this company? Because it's a dominating factor in every business it enters. (Full Article)
My Investing Strategy I like to keep things simple when I invest because I'm a pretty simple guy. And I don't think there's a simpler or an easier way to invest than Buy, Write, Collect. These three simple steps are easy to understand but I have to admit there's a lot to consider before each one is implemented. Here's the three steps in their entirety. 1. Buy the Stock, 2. Write the Option, and 3. Collect the Dividend. (Full Article)
When the Market Falls, DivGrowth Investors Smile When stock prices fall, as they have this last few weeks, Dividend Growth Investors begin to smile. A lot. And why? That's because when stock prices are going down, yields are going up. And for them yield and growth is always what matters most. (Full Article)
A Basic Options Strategy If you’ve ever considered an options strategy as part of your overall investment strategy then here’s a relatively simple trade that I often execute to supplement the monthly and quarterly income I receive from dividends on stock that I already own. (Full Article)
The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts (Photo by Robert McCain)
Lake Buchanan, Burnet, Texas
McLane Stadium on the campus of Baylor University (Photo by Robert McCain)
Final Game at Floyd Casey Stadium - Big 12 Champion Baylor 30 - Texas 10 (Photo by Robert McCain)
The Bar at Luckenbach, Texas.
Sister Creek Vineyard, Sisterdale, Texas
Finding the Bottom 30 August 2015 Technically last week was an up week, but it really didn't feel like one. The first two days were down hard and the last three were not a strong recovery. Volatility is subsiding but there's still a lot more than usual. I'm looking for more back and forth this week as traders become a little more confident in the recovery. I'll be looking to buy quality stocks with great dividend growth rates on price dips to fill out my positions. Monday Wrap: Today's pullback is indicative of just how much damage was created during last weeks selloff. Most investors won't miss August coming to an end. I'm expecting this to last longer than most people expect so I'm taking advantage by buying good quality companies while they're on sale.
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