Income You Can Count On

Your Guide to a Stress-Free Retirement
“[It’s] not necessary for one’s investments to generate fantastic fortunes. Buying groceries, paying the gas bill, taking a vacation now and again — these are the bread-and-butter activities of Main Street, both before retirement and after. The goal of saving and investing, then, is to replace the paychecks earned by the sweat of your brow with paychecks from your investment portfolio. Income — steady, reliable, predictable, and rising income — is the objective.”
— Josh Peters, CFA, The Ultimate Dividend Playbook

Income You Can Count On
Welcome to the Lifetime Income Report. Many people worry about inflation. We see it every day. Gas prices continue to rise. So do the prices of milk, bread and just about every other staple we depend on. So how do you truly combat it, short of getting selected as Bernanke’s successor? Well, that’s why we’re here… In these pages, you’ll find the easiest way to collect true inflation-beating income without working a single minute. Your only job will be to cash your checks. To truly take advantage of this income strategy you’ll have to think about the stock market a little differently. You shouldn’t be focused on how well your stocks are doing on any particular day. Instead, you should be keeping track of how much they are paying you in dividends. As opposed to capital gains (the difference between buy and sell prices), income stocks are about dividends and making sure shareholders get their fair cut of profits. Instead of waiting for potential gains, you’ll effectually demand them if you invest in the recommendations you’ll soon read about here. Think of it this way… If someone asked you for some money to start a business, wouldn’t you want a cut of any profits that business made? Why would it be different with a listed company? It’s real money that is rightfully yours. And instead of settling for the same amount every time, you should also demand larger and larger payments, because the company is growing. That’s what we find for you. We apply a buy-and-hold strategy on all our picks, and hopefully, they pay for themselves over time. That’s where the real strategy comes in to play. We won’t always recommend Wall Street’s highest dividend yields, because we don’t care if they pay great now. Chances are that just means a cut in dividends later. We want medium-sized yields that are growing. Those are the “free stocks” we are looking for. You see, they’ll eventually grow their dividends until you receive more money than you put down. Thus… free. Take this example…

Turn $5,000 Into $169,934 in Just 5 Years
Back in 2003, fertilizer producer Terra Nitrogen Co. paid a small dividend of about 4–5% of its share price. Nothing to write home about. But it was picking up steam. Just $5,000 would have bought you 1,136 shares. But starting the next year, the company took off. The demand for its products grew sky-high, and so did the company’s dividend plan. Those 1,136 shares would have been paid off through the company’s dividends in just 21/2 years. So you would have had free shares of a growing company that pays a tremendous dividend. But here’s where the story gets good. Over the next 2? years, the company absolutely soared. You would have received dividend checks totaling $33,614 with just a $5,000 initial investment a few years before. And it’s still paying dividends to this day. On top of this, the company’s share price skyrocketed. Your average buy price in 2003 would’ve been just $4.40 per share. As of today, shares of Terra Nitrogen are trading for $120. That’s a 2,600% capital gain, which is a complete bonus. After just $5,000 down five years ago, you’d be sitting on $169,934 right now. Obviously, that’s not the typical case, but those are exactly the types of situations we look for. After they become “free,” any gain or income you make off of the stock is a bonus. You may be able to hold some of these picks through retirement, while collecting steady paychecks the whole time, with no risk. That’s a lot better than betting on stocks to rise in the short term and collecting a one-time profit.

Our Mission: Fill Your Bank Account With Growing Dividends
We are focused on bringing you steadily growing dividend check opportunities. To do so, we’ll be looking for medium dividend-yielding stocks. We also want to make sure that the companies have long histories of growing their dividends. 1
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Dividend Basics You Need to Know
Income investing can be simple. But without the right vocabulary, it can be extremely confusing. Here are some basic terms and ideas you’ll see over and over again in these pages: • Cash Dividend: a monetary distribution sent from the company’s coffers to shareholders • Stock Dividend: extra shares added to shareholders’ current holdings • Payment Date: the date shareholders receive their distribution or extra stock • Record Date: the date the paying company uses to determine each shareholder on record • Ex-Dividend Date*: the first day of trading after the dividend is priced into the stock, usually two to three days before the record date. On this day, any sellers would still receive the distribution…not the buyer. • Announcement Date: the date when the payment is announced to shareholders and the public • Current Dividend Yield (or Current Yield): the estimated annual payment divided by the current market value of the stock • Trailing Yield: the previous 12-months’ worth of distributions divided by the current market value of the stock • Cost Yield: the annual distribution divided by the shareholder’s investment cost • Special Dividend: a payment, comprised of cash and/or stock, that is not part of any regular distribution program • Entry Price: average amount paid for each share purchased • Stock Split: a reassigning of the number of shares each shareholder owns, which is intended to affect the per share price — similar to a stock dividend (i.e. A 2-to-1 split gives each investor two shares for each share they currently own.)
*To lock in your dividend payment, be sure to get into your position before the ex-dividend date. This is the most critical date for dividend investors.

We look for unique ways for you to invest your money in a smart and diligent way. We look at everything from special dividends to dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) and direct stock purchase plans (DSPPs; see DRPs report). But most importantly, all of our picks have to meet one very important criterion… they must have a growing dividend. If we don’t think a company will continue to increase its payments, we won’t recommend it. It’s that simple. We keep three portfolios in Lifetime Income Report. First, in the Legacy Portfolio, you’ll see only top-notch long-term stocks you want to own as early and as much of as possible. It features steady dividends with no signs of stopping in your lifetime. Next is the Current Income Portfolio. It’ll include higher dividend-yielding stocks that already pay out large amounts to their shareholders. The companies in this portfolio will give you quicker gains and larger dividends than the Retirement Portfolio. Finally, we’ll also keep a Special Situations Portfolio, because you never know when something will come along that’s too good to pass up. It is reserved for companies that pay special dividends, dividends tied to earnings (which means a fluctuating dividend amount) and companies that pay stock dividends (which means they pay shareholders with more shares — similar to stock splits). Here’s what you can expect from your subscription:

How Lifetime Income Report Works
Every month, you’ll receive a brand-new eight-page issue containing any new recommendations and updates of any changes or news within your open portfolios. These issues will be sent to you by both e-mail and regular mail. All issues include a complete listing of open and recently closed positions, for you to conveniently browse where we stand on all of our past recommendations. You’ll also receive weekly e-mail alerts. We use this feature to send updates on current positions, market analysis and even flash buy and sell alerts — in case something is just too important to wait for the issue. See the following page for an example of a typical alert. 2

This is just an example. Sometimes, alerts are shorter; other times, they are much longer. It all depends on what we’re facing out there in the market. But you can be sure you’ll get the full report no matter what Wall Street is doing. On top of issues and alerts, you’ll also have “Members Only” access to the Lifetime Income Report Web site. You can always find the full report section, as well as previous issues and alerts. It also features an up-to-the-minute portfolio to track all of your open positions.

Baltimore, MD November 3, 2008

Blowing Away the Analysts
On Friday, Clorox Co. (CLX: NYSE) reported record earnings. Sales rose 8%, and earnings per share rose to 91 cents — a full 7 cents higher than analysts expected. The company also sent out its third-quarter dividends — 46 cents per share. That’s 58% more than they were just two years ago. This kind of growth doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. This bit of good news couldn’t have come to us at a better time. When the markets are biting, you need to bite back. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend… Recommendation: Buy shares of Clorox Co. (CLX: NYSE) up to $61.33. Clorox also offers a DRP. To enroll, call 1-888-259-6973. Sincerely,

Trading Philosophy for Income Investors
Now that we have that little housekeeping out of the way, I want to take a quick look at our trading philosophy. You already know where we stand on dividend growth, yields and values. But that’s just how we find companies to buy. We also have to have an insurance policy for stocks already in our portfolio. No one knows for sure where the market is going to go, let alone what an individual stock is going to do. That’s why we apply a strict 25% stop loss to all of our picks. That simply means that if we get into a stock for $10 per share and it falls to $7.50, our stop loss is triggered and we should sell that company. There is one exception to this rule I’ll get to in a minute.

Jim Nelson Editor, Lifetime Income Report

We also apply strict trailing stops on companies that have gone up. A trailing stop just ensures you against losing your profits. For instance, if a company of ours goes up big and then falls back down, we should sell before it collapses too far. For each stock, the amount we look for is different. On average, a 15% trailing stop should protect your profits. The one exception to the stop loss and trailing stop rule is DRPs. If you are enrolled in a DRP, you won’t want to trade this actively. When you make a decision to invest in a DRP, you are making a commitment to stay. One way to deal with market moves is by cost averaging, or buying on the dips. After you make the commitment to stay, you can take advantage of fluctuating share prices, especially when they are down, by buying more shares. That will bring down your entry price, which will give you an even greater profit when you are ready to sell. Any companies that offer DRPs we recommend we’ll continue to follow even if they trigger a stop loss or trailing stop — unless something monumental changes. So don’t worry about what to do. We’ll keep you updated on any trading instructions when the time comes.

Beating the Tax Man
The following is for investors within the United States. International investors should consult their tax specialist… Understanding how these investments will be taxed is, obviously, very important. Dividends have always been taxed as regular income, as if you had a job at the company paying the dividend. But with recent legislation, you will be taxed considerably less. Recent laws like the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 and the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 have lowered taxes on dividends through the next few years. I’ll focus on the sections referring to dividend taxes from 2008–2010. 3

Most investors under these laws are taxed at a maximum of 15%. Lower income investors are not taxed, at least until 2010. What that means to you is this: If you receive a $1 dividend, you have to pay 15 cents of it to the federal government. Don’t worry; we’ll keep you informed of any changes to the tax code in relation to dividends… Of course, you won’t have to worry about any of this if you invest in dividend-paying stocks using a tax-exempt retirement account such as an IRA. The two you’ll typically run across are traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Here’s a quick rundown on how they work: Traditional IRAs allow investors to put off paying taxes until retirement. Instead of paying out taxes on all dividends you receive, you will have to pay taxes only on money you withdraw at retirement. That’s taxed as income. While that sounds just as bad as being taxed all along, there is an enormous benefit. Instead of handing over that money to the government every year, you can sit on it and reinvest it using the IRA — thus, growing it even more. Then you’ll be taxed only at the end. Roth IRAs are the better choice, if you have one. Individuals using Roth IRAs usually don’t have to pay taxes at all. These are more comprehensive tax-free accounts. Unfortunately, they are usually much stricter, and certain dividend stocks aren’t allowed in Roth IRAs. Be sure to consult the manager of your IRA with any tax questions about your Lifetime Income Report recommendations.

While it is, obviously, more beneficial for you to use tax-free retirement accounts to do your income investing, here is a short list of discount brokers you may want to look into:
E*TRADE — one of the cheapest online trading services, for as little as $6.99–9.99 per trade. E*TRADE is also offering 100 commission-free stock and options trades for anyone who signs up. Contact E*TRADE at 1-800-387-2331 or Zecco — a fairly new, but groundbreaking service, which offers free stock trades. With an account, you get 10 free stock trades per month with at least $2,500 net equity. It’s $4.50 per trade otherwise. Contact Zecco at 1-877-700-7862 or TD Ameritrade — standard online discount broker with a flat commission of $9.99 per trade, no matter how many shares. TD Ameritrade also offers retirement planning. Contact TD Ameritrade at 800-454-9272 or Scottrade — popular trading service with stock trades starting at just $7. A minimum of $500 is required for a regular account and $2,000 for a margin account (which you won’t need for Lifetime Income Report recommendations). Contact Scottrade at 1-800-619-7283 or Charles Schwab — the oldest discount broker, but not the cheapest. For the first 1,000 shares of any trade, Schwab charges $12.95. After that, you get charged $0.015 per additional share. Contact Charles Schwab at 1-866-232-9890 or

These are just some examples of brokers to choose from. As a disclaimer, Agora Financial does not have a relationship with these or any other brokers. You should do your own research to find which one best fits you. Be sure to study the fees and commissions each charges. After you find your broker or have talked to your retirement planner, you are set to start loading up on the dividends. After you buy your first income stock, be sure to track it through Lifetime Income Report alerts and issues. Again, welcome on board.



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