Friday, April 29, 2011

Stopping Microchip Technology, MCHP - just in case!

Microchip Technology, MCHP has doubled during the time I have owned it.  It paid a healthy and ever increasing dividend. MCHP was my first dividend machine.  However, they did not pay a dividend in March and I believe this is due to the fact that they paid a double dividend in December.  In other words  the March dividend was paid in December along with the December dividend.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


                We income investors are getting the worst deal possible as far as inflation goes.  We are stuck in an inflation sandwich.  We suffer increased expenses without a similar opportunity for increased income. We are sandwiched between reduced income and increased expenses just at the time in our lives when you take care of kids and parents.   Inflation is the cruelest of taxes.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sonoco Products, symbol SON, Dividend Machine for 4_25_2011

Income Investors, look at this opportunity for both income and diversification; Sonoco, symbol SON pulls this whole package together.  Sonoco is a leader in packing materials and products.  Sonoco sells most of its products in the US but has some international sales.   SON is a good diversification consideration for income investors because packaging is an industry where few companies share as much income with us as SON.  At Thursday’s closing price of $34.74 SON provides a dividend of $1.16 per share per year for a yield of 3.34%

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

FCX Freeport McMoran - income machine

          Well income investors, Freeport McMoran, symbol FCX has been the subject of several posts in this blog.  As I search for more income today, I find FCX an income machine again.

Up market - covered call income?

          Income investors, one would think we could make a little extra money today by writing covered calls.  I found a 23 call on INTC in August for a $.31 premium but I would like a little more than $.31.  I have looked at every dividend machine in our list and I could not find a call that I like.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Conagra, symbol CAG your dividend machine idea for April 18, 2011

Income investors find the money they invest tends to be in companies that produce the stuff we need every day.  Conagra, symbol CAG a food producer qualifies as producing the stuff we need every day.  Moreover, CAG feeds a lot of the world.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What to do with your tax refund?

Income investors do not like to have money that is not earning money.  If we receive a tax refund, it means the money we deposited with the government is a tax free loan.  We get no income on that money; we received no advantage when our money earned nothing.  Remember either our money works or we work.

However, income investors are no different than other investors in that

Monday, April 11, 2011

ATMOS ENERGY CORP. symbol ATO - Dividend Machine & largest gas only utility in the US

Energy is always in demand and as the largest gas only utility in the US

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Boeing - Trouble with a 14% return.

      Boeing, symbol BA,  is an almost dividend machine and my goal as an income investor is to try to get a 10% gain as soon as possible with this stock.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


          Investment show experts take jabs at investors who buy companies because of the dividend.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Williams Partners, symbol WPZ

Income idea and dividend machine WPZ is my pick for the week of April 4, 2011.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Check your portfolio quarterly!

How often should you check your portfolio?