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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Feb. 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470567996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470567999
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘…presents an action plan for dividend-hungry investors…’  (The Star.my, September 2010).

"This is a book aimed at serious investors who want to shore up their portfolios with a time-tested stock asset. Carlso is a clear writer [and] makes his case very well for the power of dividends.".

“Provides excellent analysis. . . should be an important component of a private wealth adviser’s discussion with clients about sources of long-term investment return and the critical importance of reinvestment in building wealth.  Carlson addresses portfolio diversification and risk management in an accessible way.  Readers will appreciate the manner in which he ‘names names’ to paint a clear picture of how excess returns can be achieved through a simple and time-tested investment formula. He also underscores the need to supplement selection formulas with fundamental research in order to make optimal investment decisions.” (Financial Analysts Journal)

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Even with the recent stock market rebound, the massive stock declines over the past year have eroded savings. But this doesn’t mean you should stuff your money under a mattress. What you need to do is put your money to work and get the best returns possible. But how?

Smart investors will turn to high dividend-paying stocks to get a stable and growing stream of income. Dividend investing—which provides an income beyond any gain in the share price—may be your best weapon. Dividends are safe, largely reliable, and may be at their cheapest levels in many years. While the best paying dividend stocks of recent years, such as financials, took a huge beating in 2008, opportunities will abound in 2010 an beyond, if you know where to look.

In The Little Book of Big Dividends, dividend stock expert Chuck Carlson presents an action plan for dividend-hungry investors. You’ll learn how to avoid the pitfalls, find the opportunities, and construct a portfolio that generates big, safe dividends easily through the BSD (Big, Safe Dividends) formula. If you’re a bit adventurous, Carlson has you covered and will teach you how to find big, safe dividends in foreign stocks, preferred stocks, ETFs, real estate investment trusts, and more. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource:

  • Contains the simple tools, strategies, and recommendations for finding big, safe dividends
  • Helps you put a complete portfolio together that pays dividends every month
  • Shows you the top dividend paying stocks with their dividend payment dates
  • And much more

When it comes to investing, the approach outlined within these pages can’t be beat, and in these turbulent times, you can’t afford to ignore the power of dividends. Read The Little Book of Big Dividends and gain a better perspective of how you can protect yourself for the future and profit.

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Format: Hardcover
A short read but a great book that explains both the benefits and flaws of dividends, as well as the different type of products that fall under the dividend category. It is an extremely basic book for those who know the products, but it does give great insight and I like their "scoring" methods for different dividend stocks. It is targeted towards novices and long-term investors, so those with experience under the belt might view the book as redundant. I also don't like the fact it has the word "guaranteed", since stock investments are never guaranteed.

A fair warning though: It is American based though, so Canadians might need to work around a few areas unless you plan on investing in US stocks.
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Provided easy to understand info however the info was directly targeting US citizens which limkited it's value for a Canadian. A book sold in Canada to Canadians should modified appropriately>
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This book is a must if you're planning on investing in the market with income and safety in mind. This book is, as the authors mentions, is more of the practical advice type. This book will help you in choosing the appropriate stocks and how to build safety in what is widely known as a diversified portfolio. I'd also recommend as an adjunct to this book "Strategic Dividend Investor" by Daniel Peris; he definitely builds a strong case for Dividend stocks over non dividend paying stocks.
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nice practical recommend on doing investigation
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ff4e87c) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
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HASH(0x9ff71414) out of 5 stars Like all 'little books', it is a good warm up, but definitely not comprehensive July 30 2010
By Benjamin Phua - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a young investment manager I like readable books that I can read in the evenings that can explain concepts clearly and simplify things where appropriate as opposed to the textbooks I'm familiar with which are heavy on theory but weak on application. This book is such a book but with limitations.

As an investor who does not believe in relying on other peoples' models unless I can actually see what goes into a model, this book is a good starting place for understanding the fundamentals of dividend centric investment strategies for your own creative thinking process.

BUT do realise that an important aspect of Mr. Carlson's valuation methodology lies in his Quadrix score generation which is obviously a complex multi level model which he explains only at the simplest level, if you want to use Carlson's formula for picking dividend stocks, you MUST rely on the assumption that his Quadrix model will continue to beat the market based on the evidence that he has presented. Then you MUST only pick from the free data available at his website or PAY for the Quadrix data or RELY on his stock picks.

Personally, I feel this book is worth the money I paid for it just because it gives me a basic understanding into his methodology as well as a updated (weekly) list of stocks he picks using his Quadrix method. I intend to look into his stock picks but I will use my own analysis, relying on black box models always gives me the creeps...

In conclusion,

This is a good book on fundamental dividend stock valuation technique, a computer savvy investor familiar with market valuation techniques might be able to take his hints and formulate his own model but the average investor will need to either pay for the Quadrix scores or rely on the free scores available for a certain amount of stocks. He also provides alternatives to his Quadrix model but overall the key item to finding strong dividend stocks in the method that he would is kept away from us.

Whether this is fair given the cost of the book, I leave to you to decide.

Ben Phua

All in all a decent book if you take the advice with a grain of salt and common sense.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff71468) out of 5 stars Great Book Covering the Basics of Dividend Investing June 12 2011
By James Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With the havoc the recent down market has wreaked on people's retirement plans, I've become very interested in dividend paying stocks. If carefully selected, dividend stocks have the potential to provide a steady stream of income regardless of the fluctuations of the stock's price. Notice I said carefully - as stocks can cut or even stop dividend payments at any time. But if the stocks are selected based on a strict set of criteria that is setup to minimize the chance of cutting the dividend, great recession proof wealth can be created over time.

The concepts covered in this book are mostly basic, but I would have avoided some mistakes if I had read it BEFORE I attempted to invest in dividend paying stocks. If you're an experienced dividend investor, this book is probably a bit too basic for you. The one exception is if you are interested in utilizing a formula in order to pick stocks based on consistent pre-defined criteria. The book provides a basic and an advanced version of it's Big Safe Dividend (BSD) formula. The two formulas vary based the ease of use along with the number of variables used.

The author takes the BSD formula one step further and provides a completely free website that calculates the parameters for you. So all you have to do is apply the criteria explained in the book, and you should be able to pick winning stocks over the long term. The website is updated weekly, and you can go check out the recommended dividend stocks at any time.The formulas were backtested all the way back to 1994, and they consistently beat the market by at least 4 percentage points on an annual basis. The advanced BSD performed even better.

Note that you should do your own due diligence and not completely rely on a formula to make your decisions. But these formulas can be used as a great starting place and will provide a filtered set of stocks for you to work with.

The book wraps up by touching on some of the more advanced investments, such as REITs and ETFs. There is even some discussion on properly utilizing various investment strategies and the principle of diversification.

In summary, the book is a bit basic. But if you're not currently following a systematic approach that is producing consistent returns over time, maybe you should give it a quick read...

James Ryan
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff718a0) out of 5 stars For novices and very long term investors only. March 1 2010
By Quoizimodo - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is excellent. Basically, you purchase a stock and forget it. You will ride the ups and downs of the market with it. However, for short term and intermediate trader; you will be unable to capture the volatility of the equity you own and trade in the direction of the market. Easier to read than your Sunday paper. I therefore recommend this book for beginners in the financial market.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff71888) out of 5 stars Good overview on the value of dividends July 10 2011
By Gisela Hippolt-Squair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A good and easy-to-understand overview of the value of dividend stocks and how to select them. He also discusses DRIPs and other strategies. As with other Little Books, the author has set up a website using his formula to select quality, dividend stocks. This website is free [...]. It's a useful resource to quickly see yield and other stats for S&P stocks without doing the work yourself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ff71d44) out of 5 stars Good place to start for beginning investors. Feb. 16 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Every cycle starts and ends with dividends and keeping to the basics can relieve you from the headache of lossing money.

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