The Dow's Longest-Running Dividends

A high dividend is valuable but companies that can pay a consistent dividend for decades is even better, and that's what investors get from DuPont, 3M, and P&G.

Jan 21, 2014 at 2:13PM

Buying dividend stocks is one of the best ways to beat the market long term. Stable dividends can be even more valuable than just a high yield, which is why DuPont (NYSE:DD), 3M (NYSE:MMM), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are three of the most valuable dividends on the market. 

DuPont's agriculture business allows for the stability that's paid a dividend since 1904, 3M's innovation has led 97 straight years of dividends, and Procter & Gamble has paid its dividend since 1890. 

Erin Miller sat down with Travis Hoium to see why these are such great dividends and why investors should get in for the long haul.

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Erin Miller has no position in any stocks mentioned. Fool contributor Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of 3M, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and Procter & Gamble. The Motley Fool recommends 3M and Procter & Gamble. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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