The Clorox Co. Is a Great Dividend Stock for 3 Simple Reasons

If you're on the hunt for a quality dividend stock, there are at least three reasons that Clorox may be the stock for you.

Jun 16, 2014 at 11:06AM


Finding a good dividend stock can be easier said than done. Fortunately, there are a number of clear signals that suggest whether or not a particular stock is a good fit for the portfolio of an income investor.

Is Clorox (NYSE:CLX) one of them? In the video below, Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield explains why it is.

In the first case, the popular consumer-goods company has paid uninterrupted dividends for 37 consecutive years, making it highly unlikely it'll break this streak anytime soon. Second, Clorox's quarterly payout has increased consistently since at least the mid-1980s. And third, its payout ratio is 64%, which is a comfortable percentage that leaves room for both organic share price appreciation and future dividend growth.

Want to learn more? Check out the following video, in which John delves deeper into the reasons that dividend investors love Clorox.

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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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