Micro Blog #27: How I'm Managing Market Volatility and Impending Macro Risks

So far, April has brought us quite a bit of market volatility. A continuation of the nightmare that started on February the 5th when DOW plunged almost 1600 points -- easily the biggest point decline in history during a trading day.

As we know now, it was no dip and market was merely giving us a big jolt to announce an era of high volatility.

Micro Blog #26: My Dividend Glide Slope

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you probably know I like to make cool graphs to track my investments and dividend income. In the past, I've shared with you my Dividend Radar, a Dividend Paradise, and a Dividend City.

Today, I'm going to show you how to build and use a Dividend Glide Slope to land the target dividends, like an airplane uses a glide slope to land on target a runaway.

Micro Blog #25: Some Utilities are Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

In my previous post, I showed you how much these five (SO, D, DUK, ED, and PPL) utilities have paid in dividends over a 10 year period on a $10,000 initial investment.

In this post, I'm going to show you that not only you can earn more dividends over a long period of time, you can even beat the market in many cases by investing in blue chip dividend paying utilities.

Micro Blog #24: Which Utility has Paid the Most Dividends in the Past 10 Years?

Too often we get hung up on the dividend growth percentages and forget about the actual cash that gets paid as dividends over a period of time, which is what really matters at the end. Therefore, I wanted to see which ones of my five utility companies have paid the most dividends in the past 10 years in terms of real dollars and cents, given same amount of initial investment.

Micro Blog #23: What Morningstar has to Say About Utilities and Growing Dividends

Interest sensitive stocks such as the ones in the Utility sector have taken a stumble lately. Many of the blue chip utility stocks are now trading at a relatively lower valuation than what they have been for the past several years (the low interest rate environment).

The transition from low to high interest rate environment has provided an opportunity for dividend or income focused investors to scoop up some of the blue chip names in utilities, especially when they are yielding at historically high levels.
Here is what Morningstar has to say about the current state of Utility sector:

Micro Blog #22: I Missed Out on Potential Gains by Selling Too Soon

I hate selling stocks as I'm a long-term investor. However, I find myself selling stocks more often than I like. When I look at all my sales of stocks in the past three years, I find myself cataloging those sales into three main categories: