Happy new year!
Here’s a recap of some of the most well-received Dividend Monk posts of the past year. I’ve got plans for upcoming posts in 2012, including new analysis articles, a series on moats, new personal finance and investing article posts.
Investing and Personal Finance Articles
Sometimes I deviate a bit from my analysis articles and quick-pick articles, and instead write a qualitative post on a given subject. These are some good reads if you haven’t read them yet this year:
Invest In Your Health
This holds the record as the longest article on the website. Most of my personal finance articles emphasize minimalism and frugality, pushing back against society’s consumerist tendencies, but this one pushes back the other way and suggests spending more on food and nutrition, arguing that it’s a better investment in the long run.
20 Quick Ways to Check a Company
A solid guide for those who are overwhelmed with investing information and looking to consolidate it. Useful for new investors, especially.
Investing Legends: Warren Buffett
I intended to turn this into a series where I discuss a few notable investors, but never got around to the ones besides Buffett. I saved the best for first, fortunately! Perhaps this year I’ll cover a few more.
The Maturation of Large Cap Tech Stocks
A fairly recent article comparing dividend-paying, diverse, large-cap tech stocks to health care stocks, and recommending that investors take a look at including some tech in their portfolio (but not going overboard with it.)
Income and Expenditure
One can’t invest if one doesn’t save money, and here are some tips as to how to do so.
9 Steps to Build and Manage a Dividend Portfolio
This is my longest series. I published the 9-step article and 9 follow-up articles to elaborate. I’ve gotten good feedback on most of these steps.
I try to keep politics mainly away from this site, as I’d prefer to stay focused on providing investing analysis articles, as well as personal finance, investing strategy, and minimalism articles. But this was an extreme year for politics, so I included an article about the US debt situation with a ton of factual quantitative links about it (at the time when the debt ceiling debate was occurring), and I published an elaboration on Warren Buffett’s famous/infamous opinion article that he published in the New York Times, where he basically called for higher taxes on the wealthy, and showed his tax situation compared to some of his employees. I dissected it a bit to explain how he’s getting his numbers, and more interestingly, how his numbers are accurate but misleading.
Facts About the US Debt
Buffett Op Ed
I published dozens of analysis articles this year. These were a handful of some of the more detailed ones.
Energy Transfer Equity Analysis
My ETE analysis holds the record as my longest analysis article. It’s also one of my most complex, as it describes broadly how a general partner investment works (the risks and rewards). In addition, in order to publish this analysis, I first had to publish two other analysis articles that this links to, since this partnership holds stake in those two. A pretty exhausting week, but worth it.
Brookfield Infrastructure Analysis
BIP doesn’t have a lot of investor coverage, and it is one of my larger and more unique holdings, so I take some extra time on this one each year.
Exxon Mobil Analysis
Leggett and Platt Analysis
Novartis, Exxon Mobil, and McDonalds were all solid analysis articles, in my opinion. I own all three in my portfolio. The Leggett and Platt analysis was published exclusively on Seeking Alpha, and is one of my more unique articles.
Happy Investing, and we’ll start fresh soon in 2012.