Recent Buy

A cornerstone of dividend growth investing is to stay focused on buying quality assets and ignoring the noise surrounding uncontrollable parts of the economy. I have employed this measure and look for decent opportunities whether the stock market is up or down. My only focus is to increase my dividends year after year and try not to time the market in order to attempt outperformance. While there are some good value finds in sectors such as energy, commodities and financials, one sector that has shrunk in my portfolio is healthcare. I decided to put some cash to work in this sector as I am confident that it will do well over the course of years to come.

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Five Financing Options For Your Retirement

The following is a guest post from Caleb Shadle, Website owner, digital marketer and Blogger. 

Retirement and financial security are two words that typically are not mentioned in the same sentence. To have a retirement that is free from financial worries takes plenty of planning, and you must have a commitment to savings. More than half of Americans don’t have an accurate calculation of how much money they need to retire. It is believed that more than thirty percent of workers who have access to a 401k savings plan don’t even participate. With the average person spending twenty or more years in retirement, having enough money may be an issue. Savings matters and putting away money for your retirement is essential. Quite often the retirement years sneak up on you. Even if you haven’t done the savings you should, there are ways to finance your future.

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Chatter Around the World – 97

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Parental Leave

Public Spending on Parental Leave Per Child

Image Source: The Economist

New Blog Posts

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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American States Water (AWR) Dividend Stock Analysis

AWR

American States Water Co. (AWR) is the parent company of Golden State Water Co. (GSWC) and American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS) and its subsidiaries. It is the third largest water utility company in North America behind American Water Works (AWK) and Aqua America (WTR). American States Water has its main focus on military contracts for long durations (usually 50 years) and looks at unregulated markets for growth opportunities. The combination makes for stability and the company has demonstrated it with the long history of dividend payments and dividend growth.

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Recent Buy – Power Corp of Canada

May is usually a month which sees plenty of volatility return to the stock market as traders and short-term investors tend to sell their holdings and go away for the summer. This cycle, called Sell-In-May-And-Go-Away, usually provides great opportunities for long term investors to initiate or add to positions. However, this year seems to be a pretty quiet one as well – similar to previous years, with just a bit of sell-off half-way through the month, although the bond market is seeing quite a rout in the last few weeks. The winds will surely reach the stock market sooner or later, and I continue to watch patiently. For now, I have decided to deploy a small amount of cash to initiate a new position.

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