My personal favorite book to give any young person. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
Two thread favorite reads:
The Single Best Investment: Creating Wealth with Dividend Growth by Lowell Miller
2006 Edition available as a free PDF online. Introduction and first 46 pages required reading imho.
The Ultimate Dividend Playbook: Income, Insight and Independence for Today's Investor by Josh Peters
Descriptions of Achievers, Aristocrats, and Champions:
Printable list here:
Here's a handy website (courtesy of another board). The home page gives dividends, total return, dividend growth rate for various time periods and the like for any stock going back as far as 1970.
There's also a drop down menu ( top right ) where you can pull up inflation rate, S&P earnings and the like since 1960.
This site will give you a the 3 and 5 year dividend growth.
I am going to track my IRA here and update it monthly. Anyone who would like to do the same, I will link to the header. Real world always being better than hypothetical.
You can start at the beginning and follow over time by reading replies: