What Are You Buying?


The market appears a bit frothy right now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is currently north of 13,000 points, while the S&P 500 treads just above 1,400 points. But, as I’ve stated many times before I believe in purchasing high quality equities at attractive long-term prices on a regular basis. I believe that there are […]

The Dividend Toolkit: Review


Matt Alden, the blogger behind Dividend Monk, recently released a new e-book titled The Dividend Toolkit. I received my copy recently and had a chance to thoroughly read it over the last few days. I’m going to give my honest and forthright opinion on this book. The book starts out with six core topics that […]

Weekend Reading – August 25, 2012


Another week behind us. I can’t believe we’re entering the last quarter of 2012 already. All cliches aside, I truly wonder where all the time has gone. Most people see year by year escape from their clutches and look back on the time and wonder where all the money went? The great thing about marching […]

Dividends Are My Fruit


As someone who is trying to become financially independent by 40 years old, it’s extremely imperative that I build a passive income stream that will exceed my expenses and also outpace inflation. This requirement is what led me to invest in dividend growth stocks. Dividend growth stocks typically have a long track record of paying […]

The Best Thing About Financial Independence: Choice


I Work Much Harder Than I’d Like I don’t know about you, but I work a lot. I get up at 6:15 a.m. every weekday morning and I typically arrive at the office just before 7:30. That’s early! I then proceed to create value for my employer by busting my butt throughout the workday and […]

My Biggest Financial Mistake


As someone who lives frugally and saves more than half his net income, invests monthly into high-quality dividend growth stocks, writes a blog about trying to reach financial independence before 40 years old and has a long-term financial focus it may be natural for you to think that I’ve always been this way. It’s easy […]

Recent Dividend Increases


As a dividend growth investor, one of the primary objectives I seek is passive dividend income from my investments that increases over the rate of inflation, annually. It’s always wonderful news when companies decide to reward loyal long-term shareholders with a dividend raise. Some recent dividend increases include: Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) raised its […]

Recent Buy


It’s been a little while since I published a stock purchase. Even though I haven’t been as active in the markets lately, it’s great to know that my investments have my back. The stocks I own continue to disperse dividends into my brokerage account as usual and the cash balance just grows and grows. This […]

Finding Value In This Market


It’s good to be back! Echoing some of the sentiment I noticed in the comments on this blog recently, it seems that us dividend growth investors have been hesitant to deploy capital over the last few months. I share those circumstances, albeit not totally because of expensive stocks. It seems that if any time was […]

I’ll Be Back


I’ll be back…very soon! Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments that you readers left when I decided to take a break from this blog, but very soon….I’ll be back! After taking a break from blogging here on Dividend Mantra, I have found that I miss the mutual inspiration, the wonderful comments that readers leave and […]