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Hello all,

I've started 2 DRIP's in the past couple of years. The first, with JNJ, was through Temper of the Times (Moneypaper). It cost $20, and took 2-3 months for everything to go thru. The second, INTC, I purchased 1 share through my discount broker (E*Trade), and had them issue the certificate in my name. It cost $19.95 for the trade, and a $5 fee for the certificate. (Other brokers will have different fee structures, so this is just one example). The one nice thing about this method is that is was really quick - less than 1 month. Then I had to contact Intel and fill out the forms, but once they have you in their system as being a shareholder, it goes quick.

If I start a third DRIP, I will try and use NAIC's Low Cost Plan - the cost is $7 per company to set up the DRIP. The only catch here is you have to be a member of NAIC to be eligible - which is well worth the $39 membership fee, IMO.

Anyway, just a few more thoughts.......

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