The 4% Rule Examined


I determined when I first started investing back in early 2010 that the dividend growth investing strategy was extremely robust for my goals. And I’ve relentlessly pursued it, building up the six-figure portfolio I now control. I wanted to be in a position to where I could retire by 40 years old, and live solely off […]

Income/Expenses For August 2014


I’ve been tracking my income and expenses online since I initiated this blog back in early 2011. I do this for a few reasons. First, I want to prove to the world that it’s possible to become financially independent at a relatively young age even if you don’t make a lot of money. I don’t […]

Price And Value


I’m going to start this article with the eternal words of Warren Buffett, as written in Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s (BRK.B) 2008 shareholder letter: Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is […]

Weekend Reading – September 6, 2014


I have to give a big thank you to everyone out there! I just very recently found out this blog is a finalist for the 5th annual Plutus Awards. I had no idea I was even nominated! Dividend Mantra is a finalist in the “Best Investing Blog” category. I’m honored and humbled. I work very hard to create […]

Recent Buy


At the time of writing this article, the S&P 500 is sitting just a tad above 2,000 points. This after a five-year run that has seen the index up almost 100%. Think about that: The index almost doubled itself in just five short years. Is that collection of 500 stocks now worth twice what they were […]

Dividend Income Update – August 2014


Another month has passed by, and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to post articles on dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend […]

Freedom Fund Update – September 2014


Well, the time has come to update the Freedom Fund once again as we start another month. The Freedom Fund is my portfolio, and I think it’s aptly named. My portfolio is my way to freedom; freedom from a job I don’t desire to purchase goods I don’t need to impress neighbors I don’t care […]

Weekend Reading – August 29, 2014


A long, holiday weekend is upon us! Anyone out there have some cool Labor Day plans? I’m personally going to be helping my parents move some furniture around before commencing on some painting. Not real fun, but I’m happy to help out. They’re renovating their master bedroom. So it’s old furniture out, and new furniture, […]

Think Like An Owner


I currently own 49 equity positions in high-quality businesses across multiple industries and geographies. These are little, tiny slivers of ownership in real businesses out there making real money by selling real products and/or services to people and/or other businesses. These aren’t just pieces of stock paper. Or, translated for modern times, digital stock tickers that […]