The Weekly Lineup: Spring Edition

Maple trees along 10th Ave. Vancouver

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When I was a kid growing up in Vancouver I clearly remember spring as a month where winter was long gone, and the sun would begin to peak through the rain. But not anymore!

Winter has taken a stronger foothold and appears to last longer throughout the year. Take yesterday for example, where I was walking with a buddy of mine in the late morning and it was sunny and warm. Then only a few hours later I had to put the liner back in my jacket to keep warm. That was followed in the evening by a cold and torrential downpour. The annual rite of spring looks poised to continue today, currently sunny, and back to freezing temperatures tonight. Welcome to Vancouver!

Work and other obligations have kept me busy over the last couple of weeks. So I’m a little late catching up on weekly lineups and other posts. So I’ll be backtracking to some earlier but noteworthy posts I enjoyed this month. 😉

The Weekly Lineup

A big thank you goes out to Robert at The College Investor. He included the Dividend Ninja as the No.2 blog in The 19 Best Investment Blogs You Can Learn From. It means a lot when others in the field recognize your work, and go out of their way to mention. Thanks again Robert!

A much belated and heartfelt congratulations go out to Dividend Mantra, who recently exceeded the 100K value in his portfolio. You can read all about Mantra’s journey, and how he went from 5K to 100K in only three years. Inspiring!

Dividend Growth Investor with Are these high yield dividends sustainable? I’ve generally drawn the line with any company where the yield is higher than 5% and the payout ratio is above 75%, for the reasons DGI mentions. It’s also a noteworthy question, as many dividend ETF’s (XDV, CUD, as examples) follow an index that weights the portfolio by yield instead of market cap.

Dan Mac covers The Kings of Dividend Growth, at Dividend Growth Stock Investing. Established companies which continue to raise their dividends year after year, and even for decades, is the solid and recurring theme behind the dividend-growth investing model.

Along a similar line of thought, is a Globe and Mail article from earlier in the month. Canadian utility Fortis Inc. has raised its dividend for over 40 years. Interestingly Fortis has been on my watch-list for a while, and a company I may be adding more shares to in the near future.

Rob Carrick wrote a stellar article on how to ditch your advisor, and become a DIY (Do It Yourself) Investor. This was exactly the path I took on my dividend investing journey, and how many of us DIY investors also got started. You can read more at Do-it-yourself investing: Ditching your adviser may be easier than you think. This is a must read article!

Coincidentally, I’ll be presenting similar material at my seminar in April for Canadian MoneySaver magazine:

Take Control of Your Financial Future

Just a reminder to those in the Vancouver area, I will be presenting at the Canadian MoneySaver seminar on April 20th, titled Take Control of Your Financial Future. There is still time to sign-up, and the cost is only $30, so be sure to register! Visit the Canadian MoneySaver Events page for more info. I’ll be speaking in the first spot at 8:30am.

I’ll be going back to basics and showing investors why actively managed mutual funds are a losing investment. I’ll show investors the basics of how they can move from actively managed mutual funds, into an indexing and dividend-stock paying portfolio.

Have a nice weekend everyone! 🙂

6 Responses to “The Weekly Lineup: Spring Edition”

  1. The College Investor

    Mar 22. 2013

    Thank you for the great things you’re doing! Cheers!

  2. Dividend Mantra

    Mar 22. 2013


    Thanks so much for the well wishes. Very much appreciated!

    Sorry to hear about the weather there in Vancouver. A beautiful city like that deserves some sunnier and warmer days! I hope they’re just around the corner.

    Best of luck at the seminar. I know you’ll kill it!

    Best wishes.

  3. The Dividend Ninja

    Mar 23. 2013

    Mantra, thanx for the congrats! The weather is much better this weekend, nice and sunny. It is still cold but forecast sunny and clear, with rising temperatures over the week.

    Looks like it’s going to be nice and warm in a couple of weeks. 🙂


  4. Dan Mac

    Mar 23. 2013

    Thanks for including me Ninja! Spring avoids us here in the midwest US as well. We are currently getting dumped on with about a foot of snow! I’m definately tired of the snow and ready for the nice weather.