Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Holdings Of Dividend ETFs (Part 1: The Top 50)

From time to time, I compile a virtual portfolio consisting of the top 50 holdings of dividend ETFs. To compile the 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.

For this edition, I analyzed 47 dividend ETFs. Of the 1,154 tickers found in the top 25 holdings of these ETFs, 389 are unique. Pfizer (PFE) and Verizon Communications (VZ) appear in 25 of the 47 dividend ETFs, the most of any stocks. However, Exxon Mobil (XOM) tops the list by aggregate score and Apple (AAPL) is the  runner-up, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) which drops to third place.

Dividend growth investors can compare their own portfolios to the top 50 and identify candidates for analysis and possible investment.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

22 Dividend Increases: November 5-9, 2018 (Part 2: Remaining Sectors)

Companies that regularly increase their 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.

Last week, 22 companies announced dividend increases. Part 1 of this article covered increases from the Industrials, Health Care, and Utilities sectors. This is Part 2, which covers the remaining sectors.

Four of the 11 stocks covered in Part 2 announced double-digit percentage increases!

Monday, November 12, 2018

22 Dividend Increases: November 5-9, 2018 (Part 1: Industrials, Health Care, And Utilities

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases. Companies that regularly increase their dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

This week, 22 companies declared dividend increases. Part 1 of this article covers increases from the Industrials, Health Care, and Utilities sectors. Part 2 will cover the remaining sectors.

Of the 11 stocks covered in Part 1, three announced double-digit percentage increases and the top increase is 30%!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Monthly Review of DivGro: October 2018

The stock market had a spooky month in October, with volatility as measured by the CBOE VIX increasing by about 75%, from 12 to 21. The DOW 30 dropped 5.1%, the S&P 500 dropped 6.9%, and the NASDAQ dropped 9.2%.

When stock prices fall like that, dividend growth investors get a chance to buy stocks at lower prices and higher yields. I took the opportunity to add several positions and simultaneously to improve my portfolio's risk profile.

In this article, I'll present details of these buys (and a few sells) and the resulting impact on DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI). Also, I'll present details of dividends received and dividend increases announced in October.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Why Diversification Matters!

By James Pattersenn Jr

Regardless of whether you consider yourself a value investor, dividend investor (income), growth investor, or dividend growth investor, diversification should be an integral part of your investment program because it does matter.

Here’s why.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

16 Dividend Increases: October 29-November 2, 2018

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases. Companies that regularly increase their dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

Recently, 16 companies announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own.

Six of these increases are double-digit percentage increases!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Options Update: October 2018 (Part 2)

Part 1 of my monthly options update presented October's assigned, expired, closed and rolled options. Also, I reviewed options that expire in the next two months and discussed the progress I've made related to my secured options income goal.

In Part 2, I'm providing details on covered calls and put contracts sold in October, as well as a spread trade I executed. I'm also providing the usual snapshot of recent options trades showing a running tally of options income and secured options income.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Options Update: October 2018 (Part 1)

DivGro's focus is dividend growth investing and most of my articles discuss how I use the strategy of dividend growth investing to manage my portfolio.

I added options trading to leverage the equity in my portfolio and to generate more income. Through monthly options update articles, I report on these options trades and I track the options income so generated.

With lots of trading activity in October, I decided to split this update into two parts. Part 1 provides the usual recap and a snapshot of October's trades. I report on expired, closed, and rolled options, and review a list of options expiring soon. Part 1 concludes with a look at how I'm doing with regards to my secured options income goal.

Part 2 will provide details on new covered call and put contracts, as well as a spread trade I executed last month. I'll also provide the usual snapshot of recent options trades.

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