Top Dividend Stocks: These Dow Giants Paid Out $23 Billion in 2013

Shareholders of these three dividend giants made some serious cash last year.

Jan 22, 2014 at 3:18PM

Dividend investors saw a record year in 2013. The 30 stocks that compose the Dow Jones Industrial Average paid out a record $124 billion in dividends to their shareholders over the year.

In the video below, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos takes a closer look at three of the biggest dividend giants from that group: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which together distributed $23 billion to investors in 2013. He notes that all three companies have already boosted their payouts for 2014 and that their earnings levels leave a lot of room for dividend growth in the years ahead.

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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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