The Weekly Lineup: Summer Edition?

Paint the Lawn Green!Paint the Lawn Green

That’s right folks, summer is here 🙂 Though if you lived in Vancouver you wouldn’t know it – two glorious days of sunshine now followed by mixed sun, intermittent showers, and rainy days ahead. Though today was nice and sunny! I’m not complaining however, since we just planted a new lawn and could use the rain to keep the grass green.

I understand in Arizona they actually paint their lawns green in summer, so I guess I should be thankful our lawns are real in Vancouver! Seems like everything always comes down to looks. How green is your lawn?

Me & My Money

Back on June 10th, I was featured in the Globe And Mail, Me & Money Column. This is a weekly column that focuses on individual investors, a brief snippet of their trials, tribulations, and how they invested during the financial crisis. I’d like to thank Larry MacDonald for featuring me:

A liking for low fees and safe dividends

Canadian MoneySaver

I’m also pleased to announce I’ve published my first article in print, The Dividend Payout Ratio. This is a detailed and in depth continuation of my original blog post, on this often overlooked but important dividend ratio. This article has been accepted by the Canadian MoneySaver, and will be printed in their July 2011 edition. Unfortunately the recent postal strike means subscribers will only be able to view the online issue for now. Back in my late 20’s I remember reading my first issue, so I’m quite delighted to be contributing several years later 🙂

Canadian MoneySaver is a leading print and online magazine for Canadian Investors established since 1981, which is distributed nationally in chains such as Coles and Chapters.

The Weekly Lineup

  • Boomer (Boomer & Echo) wrote an article on joining Share Clubs and Investment Clubs in:  Join An Investment Club. This is something I have wanted to do for a while now here in the west-side of Vancouver. So if anyone is interested drop me an email, and perhaps we can put an informal group together.
  • Maria Konnikova discusses why women are better investors than men, in The Female Investor.
  • Dividend Mantra reviewed Lockheed Martin and Raytheon in his recent post: Defence Stocks on Sale? These are excellent reviews. Ultimately there is also a moral issue to these stocks above and beyond the potential for profit.
  • Young and Thrifty wrote about the recent Riots in Vancouver in The Young and the Restless, and asks what went wrong?  Answer: Perhaps allowing 100K people to conglomerate downtown without decent crowd control. That evening looked more like the LA Riots after the Rodney King trial in 1992.
  • And for something less controversial, My Own Advisor opens up the eternal dividend versus index debate, in his recent post:  Meeting Larry Swedroe. MOA, sorry for taking up your comments man! 😉

Index Investing Myths

Heard enough about Index Investing already? Well you’re going to hear more, since I’m launching a three part series on Index Investing Myths. In fact many people don’t even know what index investing is about, or think it’s all based on derivative products. There is also confusion about the differences between Mutual Funds, Index Funds, and ETFs. So I’m going to cover some of these misunderstandings.

Have a nice weekend everyone 😉

9 Responses to “The Weekly Lineup: Summer Edition?”

  1. Echo

    Jun 23. 2011

    Thanks for the mention Ninja! Congrats on the Me and My Money piece, it was a good read. I know Boomer usually gets the Canadian Money Saver so I’ll have to get her to look for your article.

  2. The Dividend Ninja

    Jun 23. 2011

    Echo thanx a lot man!

    Hope you didn’t mind the debate over at MOA today 😉 LOL you think I would have learned to stay away from the “index vs dividend” debate by now. Have a good weekend!

  3. Echo

    Jun 23. 2011

    I don’t mind the debate at all, in fact I really like how you and Mark have constructed your portfolios.

    My only beef is the “it’s impossible to beat the market” stuff, it gets tiresome. I believe you have interviewed a few exceptions to that statement right here on your blog.

  4. youngandthrifty

    Jun 23. 2011

    Thanks for the mention, Ninja!

    I loved your Me and My Money Column 🙂

    I guess you’ve come out of the PF Blogging Closet like Financial Uproar has too!

  5. MoneyCone

    Jun 24. 2011

    Painting the lawn? Now you are giving me ideas! 🙂

  6. Dividend Mantra

    Jun 24. 2011

    Thanks for the mention!

    I totally agree with you on the moral responsibility an investor has. I would never recommend betraying that for profits.

    Congrats on your first printed article publication!

    Have a great weekend. Hopefully, the weather cooperates. It’s absolutely gorgeous here in SW Florida. Although, we could use a little of your rain with the drought we have.

    Take care.

  7. Susan Brunner

    Jun 25. 2011

    I am looking forward to your series on Index Investing Myths. I,for one, do not think that people should invest in things they do not understand. Hopefully your series will educate some investors on what these things are.

    I should also probably stay away from the Index vs dividend. But, it really seems to be that part of the debate is that investors who do not understand the stocks and the stock market should invest in something they understand even less.

    Have a great weekend.


  8. My Own Advisor

    Jun 26. 2011

    Thanks for the mention!

    I too, like Susan, am looking forward to your upcoming series.

    Agreed with Susan (and you I assume), whether it’s indexing via ETFs or stocks, don’t buy what you don’t understand. Heck, you could even say that about a new car or TV.

    The “beating the index with stocks” debate will never go away and I do feel for Robb when he says he gets tired with the “impossible to beat the market” stuff. I feel that too.

    I also think investors have to be careful not to confuse indexing with passive investment. Here we have an approach and then an investment style. Sitting back like Susan has for 40 years collecting big buckets of income via dividends could be considered a form of passive investment; she is not actively buying and selling to make money.

    Alas, debates aside, I love both approaches really. ETFs that are “set it and forget it” and regarding stocks, wow, I mean, when the market goes down, how else on earth could one complain about earning $250/quarter (via holding a bunch of BMO stock)???

    Ah yes, the power of dividends… 🙂

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend.


    Have a great weekend

  9. The Dividend Ninja

    Jun 26. 2011

    @Y&T Thanks!

    @MoneyCone Yes and make sure it’s safe for pets too!

    @Dividend Mantra Thanx for dropping by and hope you had a great weekend as well. I like your approach to dividend investing. You know exactly what to do, and how to do it. You remain on track and stick with the plan! That’s what success is all about 🙂

    @Susan Brunner, Thanx for posting and you can join in the debate anytime. I’m not going to argue with 40 years investment experience! Be forwarned this is going to be an Index Investing week at the Ninja 😉

    @My Own Advisor, You are such a great diplomat! I’ve decided to put you on payroll and have you write all my comments 🙂 Is $2 per hour OK? Kidding aside, I too like collecting dividends when markets are down, and topping up my dividend payers and index funds. It’s great to watch those dividends roll in isn’t it?