The Prudent Investor

Letting Dividends Do Their Work

Recent Articles

Dividend Investing Strategies – High Dividend Stocks
The high dividend stock strategy is like many other strategies in that it appears to be straightforward but contains some hidden risks. If one is to adopt this strategy, then it must be selected with an understanding and a plan. Otherwise, it just becomes just another shiny object one reaches for but never seems to catch. This article offers an understanding of the inherent problems with the strategy and seeks to find ways to overcome them.
Future Dividend Champions – Enbridge
If you are from Canada then you are familiar with this large company. If you are not from Canada then you will become familiar with seeing it in the list of Dividend Champions. Simply looking at this company’s numbers can be deceiving as to whether or not it should be included in your portfolio, so we will investigate the aspect of those numbers that normally remove Enbridge’s ability to pass many screens for safe dividend companies.
Alpha and Beta
Risk and reward are intertwined.  Risk is acceptable if paired with an appropriate reward, and understanding how alpha and beta fit into the calculation is essential for the proper determination of risk.

About The Prudent Investor

by George L Smyth


A decade ago (yes, that long) I maintained this blog, which followed my live portfolio, including purchase announcements and explanations as to what I was buying and why. At the time I was making my purchases through a discount broker that charged no commission, which allowed for $100 dollar per month purchases. Then they changed their business model to charge $4.50 per purchase, which brought the idea to an end.

Fast forward a decade and I am now retired and spending the money in that portfolio (of course, as well as other investments). What I learned over the past 25 years of investing was that dividends, especially those in a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRiP) were a large part of my ability to retire early and spend my time photographing and writing music.

So it is now my charge to let people know of the power of dividends and how they can be used to slowly and steadily build wealth. The Prudent Investor is for the small investor without monster resources, and is for those seeking to invest responsibly without the expectation of overnight riches. There is so much to dividends and so much I wish to share that I hope you have a chance to learn what I learned over the years.

I have been long Aflac, Johnson & Johnson, MMM and Essential Utilities (previously known as Aqua America) since the late 1990s and at the time you read this that will probably still be the case. For that reason I will use these companies as examples in these articles.

And also please note that The DRiP Investing Resource Center is the companion website to this blog. I created it in 2002 and it contains plenty of information, as well as an active group of like-minded investors, primarily from the United States and Canada, willing to offer their help. Please stop by if you get a chance.

This website is maintained by George L Smyth