The past twenty-five years have offered boom and bust. There are lessons from the experience of these periods that apply to the current market problems. These lessons offer long term hope in a time when that appears to be in short supply.
There are many options for tracking purchases. Some options, while powerful, may be intimidating to the new or small investor. This dividend spreadsheet is small and simple but has the flexibility to become whatever you wish over time.
There are numerous lists that track the length of time companies have raised their dividend. Dividend Champions, Dividend Achievers, Dividend Kings and Dividend Aristocrats have similar names, but they have important characteristics that differentiate themselves from one another.