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Hold on, wait a minute,
The Foolish Four Portfolio was dropped because it did not meet the expectations of Tom and David Gardner, yet proved that it could do what few pros can do consistently(whcih is beat the
S & P 500)? Yet the Vanguard S & P 500 is touted all the time on the radio show and in the commercials as the next best thing since sliced bread? To me, that seems kinda fishy. The more I read about finance, the more I want to cling to Benjamin Granham's 14th commandment("Think for yourself"). My whole problem is that if professional money managers cannot consistently beat the S & P 500, and they have loads of talent, experience, education and an almost unexhaustible supply of money at their disposal, then what hope does the "lowly" individual investor have? Why not throw serious time, effort, moneies and study to investment model that is easy to follow and very effective apprarently? You buy the top five or top ten investments that pay a dividend, and adjust that list on a yearly basis for those that do not perform. When one is removed, it is for another one that is even better at providing dividends, hence improving growth while shieilding investors from risk? To me it seems pretty evident that this makes alot of sense. Warren Buffet is qouted as saying this; "One of the luckiest events in my life was when I met Ben Graham". Benjamin Graham believed in a value based system of investing, and would not have been suckered into buying Yahoo at its peak like the Rule Maker portfolio. Of course, we all know that hindsight is 20/20 as they say, and I applaud Tom and Dave for putting their money where their mouths are. Does anyone know of more recent editions of The Dividend Investor? Does anyone know if an index fund exists out there that follows this investment model of buying the highest five or ten dividend paying stocks? Does anyone know what the current average yield of the top five/ten dividend paying stocks in the DJIA are? Thanks very much folks.
Fool On!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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