Monday, July 15, 2019

High-Quality Dividend Growth Stocks With Higher Yields

In a recent article, I ranked the Dividend Aristocrats using a modified version of David Van Knapp's quality scoring system. The system employs five widely used quality indicators from independent sources and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points.

While there are exceptions, the highest quality Dividend Aristocrats are low yielding stocks with yields less than 3%. In this article, I'm presenting high-quality dividend growth [DG] stocks yielding at least 3%. Note that David Van Knapp's original article presented high-quality DG stocks yielding 4% or more.

The article includes tables listing quality indicators, key metrics, and fair value estimates.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Monthly Review Of DivGro: June 2019

Once a month, I review my DivGro portfolio of dividend growth stocks and provide a summary of dividends collected. Additionally, I detail buy and sell transactions and how those transactions impacted my portfolio's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In June, I opened one new position due to an options assignment. Additionally, I reduced my holdings in two positions, also due to options assignments. Five of my stocks announced dividend increases. The net result of these transactions is that PADI decreased by about 5.4% in June. Year over year, PADI increased by 16%.

As for dividend income, in June I received dividends totaling $3,529 from 42 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 37%. So far in 2019, I've collected $13,070 in dividends or about 52% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Summary Of Dividend Increases In Q2-2019

In this article, I summarize the dividend increases announced in the second quarter of 2019 (Q2-2019), as summarized in my weekly Dividend Increases article series.

My weekly articles cover dividend increases for a selection of dividend growth stocks in the CCC list. The following screens determine the selection:

     • Dividend Yield ≥ 1.0%
     • Market cap ≥ $1 billion
     • No stocks that are being acquired
     • No Over-The-Counter or Pink Sheet stocks

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Options Update: June 2019

I write monthly options update articles to summarize options trades and to keep track of options income. The updates serve as a status report on open options and potential obligations.

My monthly target for options income is $1,750 and I'm happy to report that June's total exceeded that target. However, I'm still a little behind the pace needed to collect $21,000 in options income in 2019.

This month I'm reporting on now fewer than three assignments, plus a couple of expirations and several income-generating trades.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Dividend Kings Ranked By Quality Score

Dividend Kings are companies that have increased their dividend payouts for at least 50 consecutive years.

In this companion article to one ranking Dividend Aristocrats, I use a slightly modified version of David Van Knapp's quality ranking system to rank the Dividend Kings. The system employs five widely used quality indicators from independent sources and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points.

Of the 26 Dividend Kings, 13 have quality scores in the 20-25 range, and five of the remaining stocks have quality scores below 15 points. There are some high-quality Dividend Kings!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Dividend Increases: June 24-28, 2019

I write a weekly report summarizing dividend increases of dividend growth stocks. Monitoring dividend increases is one way to identify candidates for further analysis.

Last week, several companies announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.

Two stocks will increase their dividends by more than 10%!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Dividend Aristocrats Ranked By Quality Score

Dividend Aristocrats are S&P 500 stocks that have increased their dividend payouts for 25 consecutive years or more.

In this article, I use a slightly modified version of David Van Knapp's quality scoring system to rank all the Dividend Aristocrats. The system employs five widely used quality indicators from independent sources and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points.

I love the simplicity of the quality scoring system and I believe it does a remarkable job of identifying high-quality stocks. It is quite stringent, so stocks scoring 20-25 points would be considered high-quality stocks by many investors.

Of the 57 Dividend Aristocrats, no fewer than 39 have quality scores in the 20-25 range, and only three stocks of the remaining stocks have quality scores below 15 points. These truly are high-quality stocks!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dividend Increases: June 17-21, 2019

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

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

This article summarizes dividend increases announced last week.
One of the stocks I own announced an 8% increase.

Monday, June 24, 2019

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For June 2019

Many dividend growth investors rely on the CCC list for their research. Focusing on stocks trading on U.S. exchanges, the list contains nearly 900 stocks that have consistently increased their calendar year payouts for at least the past 5 years. This list and an accompanying spreadsheet providing key data are maintained by Justin Law.

With my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, I rank a subset of CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for further research. My ranking system assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers. Having a sector-oriented ranking system avoids the problems associated with ranking dissimilar stocks.

This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Communication Services sector.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Dividend Increases: June 10-14, 2019

Companies that increase their dividends regularly show confidence in their ability to grow earnings. I monitor dividend increases to find candidates for analysis and possible investment.

This article summarizes last week's dividend increases and includes a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates. Two of my DivGro stocks will pay higher dividends from now on.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dividend Increases: June 3-7, 2019

This article summarizes dividend increases from last week. I monitor dividend increases to find interesting stocks for further analysis.

The article includes a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates for a two-week period.

One of my DivGro stocks announced an impressive 20% increase!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Options Update: May 2019

Welcome to another options update article!

I write monthly options update articles to summarize options trades and to keep track of my options income. Each update also serves as a status report on open options and the obligations I potentially have.

The stock market took a bit of a nosedive in May on trade war concerns and volatility is up, so selling options is a little more lucrative (albeit riskier).

After April's poor performance, I'm happy to report that May's trades have regained some ground with regards to my 2019 options income goal. While I'm not back on pace yet, things certainly look better!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 27-31, 2019

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

This article summarizes last week's dividend increase announcements and includes a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates. One of my DivGro stocks will pay higher dividends from now on.

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

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Monthly Review Of DivGro: May 2019

Welcome to another monthly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I present details of any buys or sells, and provide a summary of dividends collected. Additionally, I look at how the month's activities have impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In May, I opened four new positions and added shares to four existing positions. Additionally, I closed one position due to an options assignment and three DivGro stocks announced dividend increases.

The net result is that PADI increased by about 2.0% in May. Year over year, PADI increased by 25.9%.

As for dividend income, in May I received dividends totaling $1,656 from 19 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 32%. So far in 2019, I've collected $9,541 in dividends or about 38% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Top Holdings Of Dividend ETFs (Part 2: The Top 7 By Sector In May 2019)

In Part 1 of this article, I presented the top 50 holdings of dividend ETFs, ranked by using a proportional scoring system that favors larger investments and larger ETFs. The top-ranked stock in May 2019 is Verizon Communications (VZ), followed AT&T (T), and Exxon Mobil (XOM).

Because there are no Materials and Real Estate sector stocks in the top 50, it would be useful to consider the top-ranked stocks in those sectors regardless of their overall ranking. Therefore, I'm showcasing the top 7 stocks in each GICS sector in Part 2 of the article.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 20-24, 2019

Last week, nine companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. This article provides a summary and highlights three stocks with FAST Graphs.

Additionally, I provide a summary of upcoming ex-dividends.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 13-17, 2019

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.

Last week, ten companies declared dividend increases, including two of the stocks I own.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Top Holdings Of Dividend ETFs (Part 1: The Top 50 In May 2019)

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 allows me to rank them by popularity, and so to find the top holdings of these dividend ETFs.

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

For the May edition, I analyzed 52 dividend ETFs. Of the 1,293 tickers found in the top 25 holdings of these ETFs, 448 are unique. The top-ranked stock is Verizon Communications (VZ), which appears in 31 of the 52 dividend ETFs—the most of any stocks.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 6-10, 2019 (Part 3: Remaining Sectors)

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis. Companies that regularly increase their dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

Last week, 27 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. Part 1 covered stocks in the Industrials and Materials sectors, while Part 2 covered the Consumer Discretionary and Information Technology sectors. This is Part 3, which covers the remaining sectors.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 6-10, 2019 (Part 2: Consumer Discretionary And Information Technology Sectors)

Last week, 27 companies in the CCC List announced dividend increases. When so many companies increasing their dividends, I  break up my summary articles into two or more parts. That way, the articles aren't too long and I can include more FASTgraphs charts of stocks with compelling earnings growth.

Part 1 of this three-part article dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and Materials sectors. This is Part 2, which covers dividend increases of stocks in the Consumer Discretionary and Information Technology sectors. In Part 3, I'll report on dividend increases for the remaining sectors.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dividend Increases: May 6-10, 2019 (Part 1: Industrials And Materials Sectors)

Last week, 27 of the companies I track announced dividend increases. This three-part article provides a summary of these increases and provides several FASTGraph charts of stocks that exhibit impressive earnings growth.

I like to monitor dividend increases because companies that regularly increase their dividends are good candidates for analysis and possible investment.

Part 1 of this article covers dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and Materials sectors. Part 2 and Part 3 will cover dividend increases of stocks in the remaining sectors.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For May 2019

The CCC list is a great resource for dividend growth investors. Focusing on stocks trading on U.S. exchanges, the list contains nearly 900 stocks that have consistently increased their calendar year payouts for at least 5 consecutive years. An accompanying spreadsheet providing key data on the CCC stocks is maintained by Justin Law.

With my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, I rank a subset of CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for further research. My ranking system assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers. Having a sector-oriented ranking system avoids the problems associated with ranking dissimilar stocks.

This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Industrials sector.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dividend Increases: April 29-May 3, 2019

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.

Last week, 17 companies declared dividend increases, including 3 of the stocks I own.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Monthly Review of DivGro: April 2019

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

In April, I added shares to four existing positions and I trimmed one of my positions. Additionally, I closed two positions. Five DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in April. The net result of these changes is that PADI decreased by about 0.2% in April. Year over year, PADI increased by 35.0%.

DivGro now contains 80 different positions, including 71 dividend growth stocks, four dividend-paying stocks, one closed-end fund, and four growth stocks that don't yet pay dividends.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Options Update: April 2019

Welcome to my monthly options update article!

The stock market has recovered most (if not all) of last year's end-of-year losses, and I've been getting a little more cautious with my options trades. So this month has been quieter than usual.

I decided to buy back one of the PG covered call options I sold, which got away from me as the stock burst higher. The transaction cost me some of my accumulated 2019 options income, so I lost some ground on my 2019 options income goal, unfortunately. (Recall that my options goal in 2019 is to collect a total of $21,000 in options income).

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Summary Of Dividend Increases In Q1-2019

I like monitoring dividend increases for a selection of stocks in the CCC list because I consider such stocks to be worthy candidates for further analysis. The following screens determine the selection:

     • Dividend Yield ≥ 1.0%
     • Market cap ≥ $1 billion
     • No stocks that are being acquired
     • No Over-The-Counter or Pink Sheet stocks

This article provides a summary of dividend increases announced in the first quarter of 2019 (Q1-2019), as summarized in my weekly Dividend Increases article series.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dividend Increases: April 22-26, 2019 (Part 2: Remaining Sectors)

Companies that regularly increase their dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings. I monitor dividend increases to identify candidates for further analysis.

Part 1 of this article covered dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and Financials Sectors.

This is Part 2, which covers the remaining sectors.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dividend Increases: April 22-26, 2019 (Part 1: Industrials And Financials)

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis. Companies that regularly increase their dividends show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

In this two-part article, I provide a summary of recent dividend increases. Part 1 covers dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and Financials sectors. Part 2 will cover dividend increases from stocks in the remaining sectors.

Friday, April 26, 2019

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For April 2019

The CCC list is a great resource for dividend growth investors. The list contains nearly 900 stocks trading on U.S. exchanges with the distinction of having paid higher dividends for at least 5 consecutive calendar years. The list was created by the late David Fish and now is maintained by Justin Law.

In this article, I rank a subset of CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for further research. My ranking system assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers. Having a sector-oriented ranking system avoids the problems associated with ranking dissimilar stocks.

This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Information Technology sector.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Quarterly Review of DivGro: Q1-2019

Welcome to another quarterly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks.

My quarterly reviews provide a summary of dividend income, dividend changes, and transactions executed in the past quarter. I also provide some charts showing various portfolio statistics. While these reviews are mostly informational, they help me to track progress over time.

This quarter, DivGro generated about $6,724 in dividend income and I'm projecting dividend income of at least $6,580 per quarter going forward. The year-to-date dividend income total represents about 27% of my 2019 goal of $25,200. DivGro's all-time dividend income total is $72,170.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dividend Increases: April 8-19, 2019


With earnings season picking up, several companies declared dividend increases in the past two weeks, including two of my DivGro stocks!

I like to monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list because it helps me identify candidates for further analysis.

Two of the announced dividend increases are double digit percentage increases.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ten High-Quality Dividend Growth Stocks Trading Well Above Fair Value

In a recent companion article, I presented ten high-quality dividend growth stocks that are trading well below fair value. I presented 7-year yield channel charts for each stock to illustrate how the price line has moved lower to meet the undervalued yield line.

This article considers the opposite scenario, presenting ten high-quality dividend growth stocks that are trading well above fair value (at least when considering current yield relative to historical yield patterns).

In my view, it is useful to know when a stock becomes overvalued. I don't want to buy shares of a stock at premium prices. And, in some scenarios, replacing an overvalued stock with an equivalent undervalued stock can be quite lucrative. One could earn a higher yield and also increase the upside potential of your investment dollars. On the other hand, when selling an overvalued stock you're likely making a profit, which will be taxed as capital gains in the case of taxable accounts.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ten High-Quality Dividend Growth Stocks Trading Well Below Fair Value

I'm rebooting my series of DivGro Pulse articles to focus on high-quality dividend growth stocks trading at extreme yield levels.

When such stocks are trading at historically high yields, they are undervalued and worth considering as potential buys. Conversely, when these stocks are trading at historically low yields, they are overvalued and candidates for potential sells.

Last year I wrote an article about Yield Channel Charts, a tool for 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 near the center of the yield channel, the stock is fairly valued.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dividend Increases: April 1-5, 2019

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

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

Last week, three companies announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own. And it happens to be the largest dividend increase I'm reporting today!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Aflac: Japan’s Largest Cancer Insurer

By Peter Bosworth of www.wealthyretirement.com.

Until recently, cancer was a taboo word in Japan.

In 1987 Emperor Hirohito underwent surgery for internal hemorrhaging due to a cancerous small intestine. Japanese officials stoutly denied there were any signs of cancer, though to the Japanese public the writing was on the wall.

It was common then for cancer patients to be denied the right to know their diagnosis. Later on, instead of outright denial, doctors would dance around the issue, and give certain nonverbal hints to patients. A 1988 piece on the subject from the Los Angeles Time quotes Hiroshi Wagatsuma, an anthropologist who researched this tacit communication: “Even if the doctor says nothing, the patient knows that he has cancer; and though nothing is said, the doctor knows that the patient knows.”

Friday, April 5, 2019

Monthly Review of DivGro: March 2019

Welcome to the March review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! Quarter-ending months are exciting, as many of the stocks I own pay dividends in these months and I usually set a new record for monthly dividend income in quarter-ending months.

March did not disappoint! I received dividends totaling $3,220 from 43 stocks in my portfolio, a new record for monthly dividend income! Year over year, DivGro's dividend income increased by 28%. So far in 2019, I've collected $6,724 in dividends or about 27% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Looking at how the month's activities impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI), I note that five DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in March. Additionally, I opened one new position and added shares to five existing positions. On the other hand, I closed out one high-yielding position. Unfortunately, the net result of these changes is that projected annual dividend income (PADI) decreased by about 0.6% in March. Year over year, PADI increased by 39%.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Options Update: March 2019

March was another busy month for options trading. I collected nearly $2,500 in options income this month and I'm happy to report that I'm now ahead of pace as far as my options income goal for 2019 is concerned.

As usual, this article will cover options transactions I executed this month, and I'll summarize the options that will expire in April and May. I'll conclude with the usual running tally of options income received versus options income secured.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dividend Increases: March 25-29, 2019

I monitor dividend increases to identify candidates for further analysis. Companies can only raise their dividends sustainably if they grow earnings sufficiently.

Last week, three companies I monitor announced dividend increases. This article provides a summary and includes a table of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Dividend Increases: March 18-22, 2019

This article provides a summary of recent dividend increases and upcoming ex-dividend dates. I monitor dividend increases to identify candidates for further analysis.

In the past week, six companies declared dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own, Raytheon (RTN) with a very welcome 9% increase. The stock now yields 2.09% at $180 per share.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dividend Increases: March 11-15, 2019

I monitor dividend increases to identify candidates for further analysis. Companies can only raise their dividends sustainably if they grow earnings sufficiently.

This article provides a summary of last week's dividend increases and upcoming ex-dividend dates. Two of my DivGro stocks will pay out higher dividends! Both are small increases but both companies increase their dividends multiple times every year.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

All the Dogs!

Dogs of the Dow is an investment strategy that targets the ten top-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) for investment each year. Popularized by Michael B. O'Higgins in his 1991 book, Beating the Dow, this simple strategy frequently outperforms the DJIA and seems to outperform the index over longer periods of time.

The strategy is based on the idea that blue-chip companies pay consistent (and increasing) dividends, while their stock prices fluctuate based on market conditions. So, if the dividend yield is higher than usual, the stock price likely is lower than usual. Investors following this strategy should reap the benefits of higher yields and above-average stock-price gains.

I don't actively follow the Dogs of the Dow strategy, but I happen to own all the dogs in my DivGro Portfolio.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dividend Increases: March 4-8, 2019

This article provides a summary of recent dividend increases and upcoming ex-dividend dates. I monitor dividend increases to identify candidates for further analysis. Companies can only raise their dividends sustainably if they grow earnings sufficiently.

This week, 11 companies in the CCC List announced dividend increases.

Two of my DivGro stocks will pay out higher dividends! One increase is 13% and the other is 10%. I don't see annual salary increases like that, so I'm very happy when my DivGro portfolio hands me such increases!

Monday, March 11, 2019

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For March 2019

Many dividend growth investors rely on the CCC list for their research. Focusing on stocks trading on U.S. exchanges, the list contains nearly 900 stocks that have consistently increased their calendar year payouts for at least the past 5 years. An accompanying spreadsheet providing key data on the CCC stocks is maintained by Justin Law.

With my monthly 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, I rank a subset of CCC stocks and present the 10 top-ranked stocks for further research. My ranking system assigns letter grades to stocks relative to their performance among sector peers. Having a sector-oriented ranking system avoids the problems associated with ranking dissimilar stocks.

This month I decided to rank CCC stocks in the Consumer Discretionary sector.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dividend Increases: February 25-March 1, 2019 (Part 2: Remaining Sectors)

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

This two-part article provides a summary of recent dividend increases. Part 1 covers dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and sectors. Part 2 will cover dividend increases from stocks in the remaining sectors.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dividend Increases: February 25-March 1, 2019 (Part 1: Industrials and Financials Sectors)

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

This two-part article provides a summary of recent dividend increases. Part 1 covers dividend increases announced for stocks in the Industrials and sectors. Part 2 will cover dividend increases from stocks in the remaining sectors.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Monthly Review of DivGro: February 2019

Every month, I write a review of my portfolio of dividend growth stocks, DivGro. The goal of these monthly reviews is to share updates I've made to the portfolio and to provide a summary of dividends collected. Additionally, I look at how the month's activities have impacted DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI).

In February, I opened four new positions and added shares to nine existing positions. Additionally, I closed six positions and reduced my holdings in three positions. A total of 19 DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in February. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 1.0% in February. Year over year, PADI increased by 42.3%.

As for dividend income, in February I received dividends totaling $1,739 from 21 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 54%. So far in 2019, I've collected $3,504 in dividends or about 14% of my 2019 goal of $25,200.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Options Update: February 2019 (Part 2)

February was a busy month for options trading, so I split my Options Update article into two parts.

Part 1 covered options assignments, expired options, and closed options, and I looked at options expiring in March and April to see what to be look out for.

In Part 2, I'm presenting the covered calls and put contracts executed in February and conclude with the usual running tally of options income received versus options income secured.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Options Update: February 2019 (Part 1)

Welcome to another Options Update article!

I write monthly options update articles to summarize options trades and to keep track of my options income. Each update also serves as a status report on open options and the obligations I potentially have.

DivGro's focus continues to be dividend growth investing. Options trading is a sideline activity. I sell puts on stocks I would like to own and covered calls on stocks I already own. The options income allows me to buy more dividend growth stocks, which in turn boosts DivGro's projected annual dividend income.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dividend Increases: February 18-22, 2019 (Part 3: Remaining Sectors)

Last week, 27 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. Included in this list are three stocks I own in my DivGro portfolio.

Part 1 of this article covered stocks in the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors, while Part 2 covered the Real Estate and Utilities sectors. This is Part 3, which covers dividend announcements from stocks in the remaining sectors.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dividend Increases: February 18-22, 2019 (Part 2: Real Estate and Utilities Sectors)

Last week, 27 companies in the CCC List announced dividend increases. With so many companies increasing their dividends, I usually break up my summary articles into two or more parts. That way, the articles aren't too long and I can include more FASTgraphs charts of stocks with compelling earnings growth.

Part 1 of this three-part article dividend increases announced for stocks in the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. This is Part 2, which covers dividend increases from stocks in Real Estate and Utilities sectors. In Part 3, I'll report on dividend increases for the remaining sectors.

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