Dividend Raises & Cuts for December 2016

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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Top Investment Picks for 2017

As the new year rolls out, I decided that it would be a fun experiment to run and collect top investment picks for 2017. I reached out to the community of bloggers that I regularly interact with and asked them to participate in this collection. I performed the same exercise and the post garnered a lot of attention from the dividend investing community and readers in general. I recently posted the results on how the overall picks did over the course of the year in 2016. There are still some great picks from the 2016 top picks, and I invite you to check them for ideas. Anyway, back to the 2017 list…

The rules were simple: Pick one investment (either a stock or a fund or a commodity or any other form of investment), and present a short & quick investment reason behind the pick. Most bloggers I reached out to were happy to comply and shared their pick.

Top Investment Picks for 2017

Before I present the picks, I would like to remind the readers that these are simply picks based on current outlook and each investor should perform due diligence before investing in any of the companies mentioned. Also, the investors I reached out to are long term investors, so I discourage readers to trade in and out of these investments based on the data presented here simply because it is their top pick at the moment. It is very hard to predict what the stock/market will do over the course of one year, let alone a quarter or two.

Without further ado, here are the top picks from the blogging community for 2017. Some of the investors are not necessarily bloggers, and are some folks I regularly interact with via social media and other forums — in which case, I have linked to their public profile. The ‘DGF’ referred to next to some of the names refers to Dividend Growth Forum.

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Results: 2016 Top Investment Picks

As we ring out the year 2016, its time to look back and evaluate some of our investment picks/decisions. At the end of 2015, I reached out to the investing community and asked them to pick one investment security as their top pick for the year 2016. Plenty of the said bloggers responded and I was happy to compile the list and track them over the year.  The original post from Jan 2016 can be found here — it is interesting to see what everyone was thinking back then and how the picks played out over the year.

Again, I would like to remind readers that this was meant to simply be a fun exercise and should not be considered investment advise. Please do your own research before investing in any securities.

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Understanding Health Savings Accounts

The following is a 3rd party contirbution
Even with insurance, the cost of healthcare in America can still feel like sustaining another injury, only this time it’s to your wallet. A new type of personal savings account, called a health savings account (HSA) can make it more affordable for certain individuals to pay for medical costs without ruining their budget or bank account. Learn how HSAs work as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Definition

An HSA works much like any other personal savings account, but they’re only available to individuals who have a high-deductible health insurance plan. Even though these insured individuals have high deductibles, their monthly premiums are often low. If you like the idea of getting your up-front healthcare costs as low as possible, a high-deductible plan might be perfect for you. Generally, HSAs are a better fit for those who are near retirement and those in a financial position where they can save for future health care expenses.

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Aqua America Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

Aqua America

Aqua America, Inc. (WTR), through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water or wastewater services in the United States. The company serves approximately 3 million customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia.

Investing in water can provide lucrative returns with the stability that comes with investing in utility stocks. Running a company in one of the most fundamental requirements for human survival, water, the company has enjoyed extremely stable revenue and earnings over the decades. The company has very impressive revenue and earnings growth record in the sector and has been a dividend grower for 25 consecutive years.

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