Tuesday, December 12, 2017

24 Dividend Increases: December 4-8, 2017 (Part 1: Financials and REITs)


Companies can only increase their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently. I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis.
  • Last week, 24 companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends. Part 1 covers the Financials and Real Estate sectors. Part 2 will cover the non-Financials.
None of the stocks I cover in Part 1 announced a double-digit percentage increases. However, it still is worth looking at the list to see if any candidates seems worth analyzing.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

8 Dividend Increases: November 27-December 1, 2017


Companies that regularly raise their dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings. I monitor dividend increase announces to help me identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis.

In the past week, eight companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own. 

Only one stock announced a double-digit percentage increase this time.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Recent Additions To Existing Positions

In November's DivGro Pulse article, I identified a few existing DivGro positions that I wanted to increase. The number one-ranked stock in my portfolio is CVS Health (CVS), which traded at a discount of 20% to my fair value estimate. CVS also is the top-ranked stock in November's 10 Dividend Growth Stocks to consider.

After closing my Pfizer (PFE) position and anticipating some tax-harvesting sells, I wanted to boost DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) a bit. So, in addition to adding shares to my existing CVS position, I also added shares to high-yielding Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI). It probably is a risky move, as OHI is now yielding nearly 10% and concerns about the impact of problems with one of its tenants linger. The REIT reported worse-than-expected third quarter earnings at the end of October which resulted in a steep drop in the share price.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Recent Sells To Harvest Tax Losses

Tax-loss harvesting is a strategy to offset capital gains and so limit your tax liability. Usually, it is done by intentionally selling a losing position to offset capital gains.

So far in 2017, I've earned about $8,600 in capital gains from stocks sold and an additional $8,400 in options income. More than half of these gains are short-term gains.

Having achieved my dividend income goals for 2017, I think it is wise to take some action and limit my tax liability. This article reports on two recent sells executed with tax-loss harvesting in mind.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

5 Dividend Increases: November 20-24, 2017


I like monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list because I consider such stocks to be candidates for further analysis. Companies that regularly raise dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

In the last week, 5 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own.

Only one stock announced a double-digit percentage increase, and it happens to be the stock I own!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Top Holdings Of Dividend ETFs (November 2017 Edition)


In December last year, I presented the Top Holdings of Dividend ETFs, a virtual portfolio of dividend growth stocks compiled from 27 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in dividend-paying stocks. In June 2017, I presented an update based on 28 Dividend ETFs. This article repeats the exercise, this time with 32 Dividend ETFs. I present the top 50 holdings along with key statistics and fair value estimates from Morningstar.

To compile the virtual portfolio, I analyze the top 25 holdings in each ETF and assign scores proportional to the size of each holding. Summing the scores of individual holdings allow me to rank them by popularity, and so to find the top holdings of these dividend ETFs.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Recent Sell: Pfizer

On 8 November, the December $34 covered call options I sold against my Pfizer (PFE) shares got exercised early.

While my brokerage gave me the opportunity to retain my shares and to cover the exercised options by buying substitute shares, I decided instead to let my shares go. In doing so, I will forego the PFE's December dividend. Selling my shares removed $384 from DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI), which now stands at $16,373.

This article presents a summary of my PFE trades and a final profit/loss analysis. Moreover, I explain my reasons for closing the PFE position.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

11 Dividend Increases: November 13-17, 2017

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases.

Every week, I scan the news for dividend increase announcements and write an article on Seeking Alpha to report these increases.

Last week, 11 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Of these increases, three stocks announced double-digit percentage increases.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

DivGro Pulse: November 2017

Welcome to another edition of my monthly pulse article series.

In these articles, I focus on strategy and monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I update the fair value estimates for every stock in DivGro and use the information to identify undervalued stocks suitable for further investment.

To estimate fair value, I perform a multi-stage Dividend Discount Model analysis, a Gordon Growth Model analysis, and an analysis of dividend safety. My final fair value estimates also consider fair value estimates and price targets available elsewhere, such as those from Morningstarfinbox.io, and S&P Capital IQ.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

16 Dividend Increases: November 6-10, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Recently, 16 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For November 2017

One of the best resources for dividend growth investors is the CCC list, a list of stocks with at least five consecutive years of higher dividend payments. Maintained by David Fish, the CCC list contains more than 800 dividend growth stocks trading on U.S. exchanges. He updates the list every month and usually writes a Seeking Alpha article announcing the update.

In my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, I identify 10 CCC stocks for further research. To create the list, I trim the CCC list using various screens. I rank the trimmed list and assign a 7-star rating to each stock. Stocks rated 5 stars or better are worthy of further analysis.

The markets continue to trade at or near all-time highs, so I'm continuing my focus on finding stocks that trade at or below fair value. This month, I used a Google Sheets add-on from finbox.io to extract fair values and analyst targets for a selection of the CCC stocks.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Monthly Review: October 2017

Welcome to the October review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! The goal of these monthly reviews is to share updates to my portfolio and to provide a summary of dividends collected. I also consider the impact on DivGro's projected annual dividend income.

In October I executed no buy or sell transactions, choosing instead to build my cash reserves.

Four of the stocks in my portfolio announced dividend increases in October. These increases translate to $82 in extra dividends every year.

As for dividend income, in October I received dividends totaling $775 from twelve stocks in my portfolio, a year over year decrease of 6%. So far in 2017, I've collected $13,278 in dividends or about 102% of my 2017 goal of $12,960.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

25 Dividend Increases: October 30-November 3, 2017 (Part 2: Remaining Sectors)

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases.

In the last week, 25 companies on my watch list declared dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Part 1 covered dividend increases of Energy, Financials, and Real Estate sector stocks. This is Part 2, which covers the remaining sectors.

Monday, November 6, 2017

25 Dividend Increases: October 30-November 3, 2017 (Part 1: Energy, Financials, and Real Estate Sectors)

Companies can only raise their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Last week, 25 companies on my watch list declared dividend increases. Part 1 covers the Energy, Financials, and Real Estate Sectors, while Part 2 will cover the remaining sectors.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

36 Dividend Increases: October 23-27, 2017 (Part 3: Other Sectors)

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Last week, 36 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. Part 1 covered dividend increases announced by Financials sector stocks, while Part 2 covered Energy and Real Estate sector stocks. This article is Part 3, which covers dividend increases from the remaining sectors.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Options Update: October 2017

While DivGro is focused on investing in dividend growth stocks, I added options trading to the mix in June 2016. My goal is to generate options income and to use the money so collected to buy more dividend growth stocks.

I sell covered calls on dividend stocks I own or secured puts on stocks I would like to own. I write monthly options update articles to keep track of these options trades. Each update serves as a status report on the open options and the obligations I have. I also report on new trades and I provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

Through October 2017, I've collected options income totaling $19,128.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

36 Dividend Increases: October 23-27, 2017 (Part 2: Energy And REITs)

Companies that regularly raise their dividend payments show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Last week, 36 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. Part 1 covered dividend increases of Financials sector stocks. This article is Part 2, which covers the Energy and Real Estate sector stocks that announced dividend increases last week. Part 3 will cover dividend increases from the remaining sectors.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

36 Dividend Increases: October 23-27, 2017 (Part 1: Financials)

Companies that regularly raise their dividend payments show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Last week, 36 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. Part 1 covers dividend increases of Financials sector stocks and includes one of the stocks I own. Part 2 will cover Energy and Real Estate sector stocks that announced dividend increases last week, while Part 3 will cover dividend increases from the remaining sectors.

Friday, October 27, 2017

DivGro Pulse: October 2017

In my monthly pulse articles, I focus on strategy and monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. To prepare, I update the fair value estimates for stocks in DivGro and use the information to identify undervalued stocks suitable for further investment.

I also review the recent performance of every stock to see if any of them are performing poorly. If so, I need to take appropriate action. In the near future, I'm planning to use a new tool to assess performance, so-called yield channel charts. These charts allow dividend growth investors to assess market valuation relative to historical yield patterns. Yield channels can be seen as safety zones for stock prices. As long as the stock price stays within the yield channel, the stock is fairly valued.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Home Run Number 9

It has been six months since I last hit a home run with DivGro. A home run describes any position in my portfolio that crosses the 100% mark in total return.

I announced my first home run in October 2014 after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in game 7 of the World Series.

Recently, the ninth stock in DivGro delivered 100% in total returns, just in time for the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. I wonder how many home runs will be hit in this year's championship?

Anyway, this article is not about baseball, but about DivGro's ninth home run!

Monday, October 23, 2017

10 Dividend Increases: October 16-20, 2017

Companies can only raise their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way to identify candidates for further analysis.

In the last week, ten companies on my watch list declared dividend increases.

Four of the ten stocks announced double-digit dividend increases!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Quarterly Review, Q3-2017

This is the 19th quarterly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. Soon I'll complete my fifth year of dividend growth investing (DGI).

In my Q2-2013 quarterly review, I wrote about a high adventure hike in New Mexico with my youngest son. While hiking down into a valley with heavy backpacks, I can't help but think that I'll have to climb back up again. Riding with the bulls give me a similar feeling. I can't help but think that we'll be challenged with a bear market, sooner or later.

Somehow, I feel that my DGI strategy wouldn't be fully vetted until I've survived a bear market!

With that somewhat sobering thought, let's look at what happened with DivGro in Q3-2017.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For October 2017

David Fish maintains a list of stocks with at least five consecutive years of higher dividend payments. Colloquially called the CCC list, it contains more than 800 dividend growth stocks trading on U.S. exchanges. While the CCC list and the accompanying spreadsheet is a wonderful source for dividend growth investors, analyzing so many stocks would be nearly impossible.

My monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series identifies 10 CCC stocks worthy of further research. I select stocks from the CCC list, rank them, and assign a 7-star rating to each stock. It would be too demanding to rank all the CCC stocks, so I use different screens every month to trim the CCC list to a smaller number of candidates.

With the markets trading at all-time highs, I thought it might be interesting to repeat last October's selection process, namely to focus on stocks I believe to be trading at or below fair value.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

11 Dividend Increases: October 9-13, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases.

Recently, eleven companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including two of the stocks I own.

Two stocks announced double-digit dividend increases.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monthly Review: September 2017

Welcome to the September review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! With these monthly reviews, I share updates to my portfolio and provide a summary of dividends collected.

DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) increased to $16,655, well above my 2017 goal of $14,400! One reason that I exceeded my PADI goal so early in the year is the success of my options trades, which allowed me to invest an additional $11,000 in funds into dividend growth stocks.

I just love quarter-ending months! September was another record-setting month for DivGro with dividend income totaling $2,245. This amount exceeded the previous record (June 2017) by about 8% and represents a year over year increase of about 80%!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

3 Dividend Increases: October 2-6, 2017

Companies can only increase their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis.

Recently, three companies on my watch list announced dividend increases.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Options Update: September 2017

In June 2016, I started trading options for income by leveraging DivGro, my dividend growth portfolio. I sell covered calls and secured puts on dividend stocks I own or would like to own. The options income I collect flows back into DivGro, just like dividends. It provides extra cash to buy more dividend growth stocks.

I write monthly options update articles to keep track of my options trades. Each update serves as a status report on the open options and the obligations I have. I also report on new trades and I provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

Through September 2017, I've collected options income totaling $18,773. Of that total, $10,135 is secured, meaning I no longer have any obligations to fulfill. That represents extra money I can use to buy dividend growth stocks.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Recent Additions To Existing Positions (Part 3)

Today I'm presenting Part 3 of Recent Additions to Existing Positions about trades I executed last week. With these trades, I'm adding shares to existing DivGro positions rather than opening new positions.

In Part 1, I discussed adding shares to two Consumer Staples stocks, CVS Health (CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) — two stocks that are trading well below fair value.

Part 2 covered Valero Energy (VLO)  and Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI). VLO is an Energy sector stock yielding 3.6%, while OHI is a REIT yielding about 8%.

In Part 3 I'm presenting the final pair of additions, two Information Technology sector stocks with great growth prospects.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Recent Additions To Existing Positions (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of an article covering trades I executed last week. With these trades, I'm adding shares to existing DivGro positions rather than opening new positions.

Part 1 presented two Consumer Staples stocks, CVS Health (CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). These stocks are trading well below my fair value estimates, yet both have good growth prospects and offer extremely safe dividends.

In Part 2, I'm presenting a high-yielding REIT and an Energy sector stock. Finally, Part 3 will present two Information Technology stocks with solid growth prospects.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Recent Additions To Existing Positions (Part 1)

In September's DivGro Pulse article, I identified several existing DivGro positions that I wanted to increase. This article (in three parts) presents a summary of trades I executed last week to boost these positions.

Part 1 presents two Consumer Staples stocks that have been impacted by Amazon's buying of Whole Foods and speculation that the e-commerce titan might be looking into launching a drug delivery and online pharmacy business.

Part 2 will present two more additions, one high-yielding REIT, and one Energy sector. Finally, Part 3 will present two Information Technology stocks with great growth prospects.

Except for the high-yielding REIT, these buys have a relatively small impact on DivGro's projected dividend income. But every bit helps!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dividend Increases: September 25-29, 2017

Companies can only raise their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way to identify candidates for further analysis.

In the past week, five companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

DivGro Pulse: September 2017

I've been rather busy this month, so September's edition of my monthly pulse article series is a little later than usual.

In these pulse articles, I focus on strategy and I monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I update the fair value estimates of stocks in DivGro and use the information to identify undervalued stocks suitable for further investment.

Additionally, I review the recent performance of stocks to see if any of them are performing poorly. If so, I need to take appropriate action.

Updating the fair value estimates for every stock in my portfolio takes several hours. I perform a multi-stage Dividend Discount Model analysis, a Gordon Growth Model analysis, and an analysis of dividend safety. My final fair value estimate also considers fair value estimates and price targets available elsewhere, such as those from Morningstarfinbox.io, and S&P Capital IQ.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Quick Reminder

On Saturday I wrote about a special subscription offered by Mike McNeil of Dividend Stocks Rock.

In the article, I reviewed Dividend Stocks Rock and shared some of the cool features being offered, including model portfolios, a stock ranking system with buy, sell, or hold recommendations, stock cards providing concise stock reviews, and a premium newsletter published twice a month.

Because the offer expires today (which happens to be my birthday!), I wanted to write this quick reminder to try out Dividend Stocks Rock before the offer expires at midnight tonight.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

7 Dividend Increases: September 18-22, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

I like monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks because I consider such stocks to be candidates for further analysis.

Recently, seven companies on my watch list declared dividend increases, including two of the stocks I own.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Special Offer from Dividend Stocks Rock

I've been corresponding with Mike McNeil for a while now and his guest post How to invest $100,000 in dividend growth stocks is the most popular guest post on DivGro so far.

For those of you that don't know, Mike is the owner and portfolio manager at Dividend Stocks Rock and he authors two other blogs about dividend investing, The Dividend Guy and Dividend Monk.

In this article, I'm reviewing Dividend Stocks Rock and relaying a special subscription offer from Mike, valid only through Monday, 25 September 2017. He has a 60-day no questions asked reimbursement policy, so you have plenty of time to evaluate Dividend Stocks Rock with no risk to you.

Dividend Stocks Rock provides various tools and model portfolios for investors wanting to manage their own portfolio. Additionally, Dividend Stocks Rock offers a stock ranking system with buy, sell, or hold recommendations; stock cards providing concise stock reviews; trade alerts announcing buys and sells; and a premium newsletter published twice monthly.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For September 2017

David Fish updates and publishes the CCC list every month. The list is a wonderful source for dividend growth investors. It contains more than 800 companies trading on U.S. exchanges with at least 5 consecutive years of increased dividend payments. The accompanying spreadsheet provides fundamental data.

With my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, I identify 10 stocks worthy of further research. To create the list, I trim the CCC list to a manageable number of stocks, rank the trimmed list, and assign a 7-star rating to each stock.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

6 Dividend Increases: September 11-15, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

This week, six companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

4 Dividend Increases: August 28-September 8, 2017

Companies can only increase their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

I like monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks because I consider such stocks to be candidates for further analysis.

In the past two weeks, four companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Monthly Review: August 2017

Welcome to the August review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! The goal of these monthly reviews is to share updates to my portfolio and to provide a summary of dividends collected.

DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) increased to $15,353, which means I can expect to receive $1,279 in dividend income per month, on average, in perpetuity.

Of course, with a statement like that, I'm assuming that nothing will change! In actual fact, as a dividend growth investor, I expect the companies I've invested in to continue to pay and to increase dividends! Also, until I retire, I hope to continue to reinvest the dividends I collect... so DivGro's PADI should continue to grow through dividend growth and through compounding.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Options Update: August 2017

My goal with DivGro is to generate a reliable and growing dividend income stream. I invest mainly in quality dividend growth stocks with a track record of paying and regularly increasing dividends.

In June 2016, I started trading options to boost my income from dividends. I sell covered calls and secured puts on dividend stocks I own or would like to own. The options income I collect flows back into DivGro, just like dividends. It provides extra cash to buy more dividend growth stocks.

Through July 2017, I've collected options income totaling about $16,400. Of that total, about $8,800 is secured, meaning I no longer have any obligations to fulfill. My monthly options update serves as a status report on the open options and the obligations I have. I also report on new trades and I provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yield Channel Charts: A Tool For Dividend Growth Investors

This article presents a tool for dividend growth investors (DGIs) called Yield Channel Charts. These charts provide a way to assess market valuation relative to a stock's historical yield patterns.

Yield channel charts are suitable for high-quality dividend growth stocks with long histories of paying higher dividends every year.

Yield channels can be seen as safety zones for stock prices. As long as the stock price remains within the yield channel, the stock can be considered fairly valued. Once the stock price moves outside the yield channel, the stock is either overvalued or undervalued relative to historical yields.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

3 Dividend Increases: August 21-25, 2017

With earnings season over, only a few companies announced dividend increases this week.

This article reports on three dividend increases, including one from of my DivGro holdings.

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch to identify candidates for further analysis.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Using Options To Boost Dividend Income

Last year I decided to add options trading to complement DivGro's strategy of investing in dividend growth stocks.

My options trading activity is focused on generating extra income. I sell covered calls on some of my DivGro positions and I sell put options on stocks I wouldn't mind adding to my DivGro portfolio.

I don't buy options and I consider myself a learner options trader.

In this article, I discuss my approach to using options to boost dividend income. After 15 months of executing this strategy, I'm happy to provide some insights and to share results.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

3 Dividend Increases: August 14-18, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

In the past week, only three companies on my watch list announced dividend increases.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

DivGro Pulse: August 2017

Welcome to another edition of my monthly pulse article series.

In my pulse articles, I focus on strategy and I monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I update the fair value estimates for every stock I own and use the information to identify undervalued stocks suitable for further investment.

Additionally, I review the recent performance of stocks in my portfolio. If any of them perform poorly, they could be candidates for the chopping block.

To update fair value estimates, I perform a multi-stage Dividend Discount Model analysis, a Gordon Growth Model analysis, and an analysis of dividend safety. My final fair value estimate considers fair value estimates and price targets available elsewhere, such as those from Morningstarfinbox.io, and S&P Capital IQ.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Make Financial Freedom A Strategic Goal

By Charles Fournier

In 1987, I realized nobody else would have the level of interest in our financial well-being that I have. So I decided to manage our financial affairs myself and have been doing so ever since.

Shortly after graduating, my wife and I set Financial Freedom as our primary goal.

We decided to accumulate investments that would generate an income stream and would allow us to maintain our standard of living once we retired.

To help us achieve this goal, we chose to create a well-diversified portfolio of blue chip, dividend-paying companies with a track record of steady dividend increases. Along the way, we added real estate investment properties to reduce our risk.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

6 Dividend Increases: August 7-11, 2017

Companies can only raise their dividends regularly if earnings grow sufficiently.

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Recently, six companies on my watch list declared dividend increases.

Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For August 2017

As a dividend growth investor, I love David Fish's CCC list of dividend growth stocks trading on U.S exchanges. Updated every month, the CCC list contains more than 800 stocks trading with at least five consecutive years of higher dividend payments. The accompanying spreadsheet provides key statistics of the CCC stocks.

In my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stock series, I identify 10 CCC stocks worthy of further research. To create the list, I trim the CCC list using various screens. I rank the trimmed list and assign a 7-star rating to each stock. Stocks rated 5 stars or better are worthy of further analysis.

The latest CCC list (dated 7/31/17) contains 829 stocks. This month I used the dividend stock screener provided by Simply Safe Dividends to select "Very Safe" stocks.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monthly Review: July 2017

Welcome to another monthly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! This is monthly review number 55!

In January 2013, I embraced the strategy of DGI (dividend growth investing) after being inspired by many DGI bloggers. My goal is to generate a reliable and growing dividend stream.

Over time, I've managed to grow DivGro's projected annual dividend income to $15,079. If nothing changes and the companies I've invested in continues to pay the dividends they're paying me today, I can expect to receive $1,257 in dividend income (on average) every month in perpetuity!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

19 Dividend Increases: July 31-August 4, 2017

Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis.

In the last week, 19 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own.

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