Monday, October 19, 2020

Expired Options (October 2020)

After options expire, I post an article to summarize the expirations and to discuss any actions I took. If relevant, I also present potential replacement trades for expired options.

Several options I'd previously sold were slated to expire on Friday, 16 October, including a few in the money options. To avoid assignment, I rolled forward most of those in the money options. 

But I also decided to let one put option expire. I'm quite happy to buy the underlying shares, as my effective cost basis is well below the current share price! 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For October 2020

In my monthly series of 10 Dividend Growth Stocks, I rank a selection of dividend growth stocks in Dividend Radar and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for consideration. 

I use DVK Quality Snapshots to obtain quality scores and rank stocks by breaking ties with additional metrics. 

This month, I'm presenting stocks with the highest defensiveness scores. As described in an article by David Van Knapp, the new scoring system considers four safety indicators and assigns 0-3 points to each indicator, for a  maximum of 12 points. The total score is considered the defensiveness score of the stock. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dividend Changes: October 3-9, 2020

This weekly article series covers dividend changes. A summary table provides relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases. We include a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks, and we highlight an interesting candidate.

I co-produce this article series with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight, who helps with compiling the ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Monthly Review Of DivGro: September 2020

Welcome to the September review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. My goal with these reviews is to share updates to my portfolio and to detail the dividends I received during the month. Additionally, I look at how the month's activities have impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In September, I opened one new position and added shares to two existing positions. Ten DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in September. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 2.1% in September. Year over year, PADI increased by 22%.

As for dividend income, in September I received dividends totaling $4,094 from 46 stocks in my portfolio, a year-over-year increase of 22%. I'm happy to say this amount sets a new record for dividend income in a single month!

So far in 2020, I've collected $21,659 in dividends or about 80% of my 2020 goal of $27,000.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Options Update: September 2020

Welcome to the September edition of my Options Update series, a monthly article in which I summarize options trades and keep track of DivGro's total options income. 

I sell covered calls and put options for options income, which is then redeployed to buy dividend growth stocks. Doing so indirectly boosts DivGro's ability to generate dividend income. 

I had a good month in September, but I'm still very far from achieving my 2020 goal of collecting at least $24,000 in options income.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Dividend Changes: September 26-October 2, 2020

This weekly article series covers dividend changes. 

A summary table provides relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases. We include a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

I co-produce this article series with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight, who helps with compiling the ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dividend Aristocrats In The Sensitive Sectors

There are currently 65 dividend growth stocks in the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, a list of S&P 500 companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. 

Recently, I used DVK Quality Snapshots and tie-breaking metrics to rank all 65 Dividend Aristocrats and presented 21 categorized as defensive stocks. 

This article presents 20 additional Dividend Aristocrats, this time from the sensitive sectors: Communication Services, Energy, Industrials, and Information Technology.

An upcoming article will present the remaining 24 Dividend Aristocrats, considered to be cyclical stocks. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Finding Undervalued Dividend Growth Stocks Using Dividend Radar's New Added Value Metrics

This article was co-produced with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight.

In May, we introduced Dividend Radar, a weekly auto-generated spreadsheet of dividend growth stocks with dividend increase streaks of at least five years. Based on community feedback, we recently added two new added value metrics to Dividend Radar, the 5-year average yield and the percentage above or below fair value.

This article introduces these added value metrics and illustrates how they can be used to find undervalued dividend growth stocks for further research and possible investment.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dividend Aristocrats In The Defensive Sectors

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index is a list of companies in the S&P 500 that have increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. 

Recently, I ranked the 65 Dividend Aristocrats using DVK Quality Snapshots and tie-breaking metrics. This article presents the rankings of 21 Dividend Aristocrats in the defensive sectors: Consumer Staples, Health Care, and Utilities. 

Upcoming articles will present the rankings of 44 additional Dividend Aristocrats in other sectors.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Dividend Changes: September 19-25, 2020

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend changes.
A summary table provides relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases. We also include a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks and highlight an interesting candidate.

I co-produce this article series with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight, who helps with compiling the ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dividend Changes: September 12-18, 2020

This article series provides a weekly summary of dividend changes.
A summary table provides relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases. We include a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks, and we highlight an interesting candidate.

I co-produce this article series with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight, who helps with compiling the ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Expired Options (September 2020)

I had several options that expired on Friday, 18 September. After options expire, I post an article to summarize the expirations and I discuss any actions I took. If relevant, I also present potential replacement trades for expired options.

Earlier last week, one of the in the money put options I'd sold got assigned. While an early exercise is surprising, I'm happy with the outcome. I now own 100 shares of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PEG).

As usual, I'll report on my other options trades in an upcoming article.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For September 2020

Welcome to another edition of my monthly series of 10 Dividend Growth Stocks, in which I rank a selection of dividend growth stocks in Dividend Radar and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for consideration. 

To rank stocks, I use DVK Quality Snapshots to obtain quality scores and sort them in descending order, breaking ties with additional metrics. 

This month, I'm presenting investment-grade stocks whose current dividend yield is above the 5-year average dividend yield by at least 5%. Additionally, I limited my search to stocks with dividend increase streaks of at least 10 years, and I screened for stocks with yields of at least 3% and with 5-year dividend growth rates of at least 7%.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Dividend Changes: September 5-11, 2020

This weekly article series covers dividend changes. We provide a summary table with relevant data and key statistics of dividend increases. We also provide a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks and highlight an interesting candidate for your consideration. 

I co-produce this article series with James Marino Sr of Portfolio Insight, who helps with compiling the ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Options Update: August 2020

Welcome to the another Options Update article, a monthly series in which I summarize my options trades and keep track of DivGro's total options income. 

When selling covered calls and put options, I receive options income that I redeploy to buy dividend growth stocks. My options trading activity indirectly boosts DivGro's ability to generate dividend income. 

I had another great month in August. While the options income I collected is a welcome addition to my portfolio, unfortunately, I'm still very far from achieving my 2020 goal of collecting at least $24,000 in options income.

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