• Dividend Yield Vs. Dividend Growth: AT&T Vs. Johnson & Johnson

    by Doug Carey | Nov 21, 2012
    When looking to build a long-term portfolio of stocks that pay high dividends, investors usually come up with a mix of stocks that either have high dividend yields or high dividend growth rates. It is difficult to find good companies that have both. This means that there is often a choice to be made. All else equal, should one invest in the company that has that enticing high dividend yield, but a low dividend growth rate, or does one exude patience and invest in the company with a relatively low yield, but a high dividend growth rate? To help answer this question I looked at two companies that offer these different alternatives: AT&T (T) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).
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  • How The Coming Tax Hikes Can Impact Your Retirement Plan

    by Doug Carey | Nov 14, 2012
    Whether you agree with it or not, I think most people now believe that taxes are going to go up in 2013. With the Bush era tax cuts set to expire, we will likely see income taxes go up for those in the upper income tax bracket and we are likely to see a hike in the capital gains tax rate as well as the tax rate on dividends.
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  • The Problem With Beating Inflation With Dividends

    by Doug Carey | Nov 06, 2012
    With consumer price inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, running at 2% year-over-year and 10 year treasury yields at 1.6%, investors cannot even keep up with inflation by investing in treasury bonds. Therefore, many have turned to dividend paying stocks to help keep up with rising prices. This can be a good strategy and I have been recommending many dividend growth stocks such as Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Wal-Mart (WMT), Exxon (XOM), and Procter & Gamble (PG) for a long time.
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  • Eli Lilly- Still A Good Dividend Investment?

    by Doug Carey | Oct 31, 2012
    Eli Lilly’s (LLY) stock price has risen by over 20% over the past six months. This has been good news for those who already own the stock, but to those looking to buy more in order to take advantage of their hefty dividend yield, this is actually bad news. Six months ago the dividend yield was 5%. Now it sits at only 3.9% due to the increase in the stock price.
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  • What $1 Million Will Get You In Retirement

    by Doug Carey | Oct 24, 2012
    I spend a lot of time helping people understand how much money they will need to meet their retirement goals. Today I want to look at this another way: What will $1 million actually get you in retirement? This is an interesting question because a) Many people believe that $1 million is a comfortable amount to meet their retirement goals and b) We can look at the different ways in which a couple can use this $1 million without running out of money.
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