Discovering Dividend-Growth Investing

I’m going to start off by stating that I’m embarrassed.  I’ve been actively involved in stock investing since 2006, yet it was only in August 2019 when I finally came to understand the power of investing in stocks that not only pay a decent dividend, but which also regularly increase or ‘grow’ their dividend.  These are commonly referred to as “dividend growth stocks.”

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An Example of Ignoring the Noise

Jack (John) Bogle is no stranger to the stock market.  In fact, his career has witnessed all of the market’s ups-and-downs over the past 66 years.  He is the father of the index mutual fund and the champion of the individual investor, and he started the famous Vanguard Group mutual fund company in 1974.  When he retired from his role in 1999, Fortune magazine named him one of the four “investment giants” of the 20th century.

The bottom line is that Mr. Bogle certainly knows a thing or two about the nature of the market.  A couple of his most famous quotes are rather interesting given the recent volatility in the markets:

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When is the Right Time to Buy a Stock?

This is one of the two most vexing questions that the stock investor has to deal with.  The other one, of course, wrestles with the right time to sell a stock.  Some investors will struggle more with buying than selling, some vice-versa, whereas others will struggle with both, and the super-human investor will have no problem with either!

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