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Friday, December 31, 2021

Dividend Increases: December 18-24, 2021

This weekly article series covers dividend changes.

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

In the past week, two companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. No companies cut or suspended their dividends last week. 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: December 30-January 7, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar

We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For December 2021

I'm a little late with the December edition of my 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series, but here goes!

This month, I screened for Investment Grade stocks whose non-GAAP earnings per share [EPS] growth is accelerating. I used data obtained from Portfolio Insight and screened dividend growth stocks in Dividend Radar. In all, 59 stocks passed my primary screen.

I decided to add another screen to select stocks with forward dividend yields exceeding their respective 5-year average dividend yields. Such stocks are potentially undervalued. Only 13 stocks also passed my secondary screen. 

I ranked these stocks using quality scores obtained from DVK Quality Snapshots and present the top 10 for further analysis and possible investment.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Monthly Review Of DivGro: November 2021

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. I also look at how DivGro's projected annual dividend income [PADI] has changed.

In November, I opened two new positions in DivGro, increasing the number of positions in my portfolio to 98. Additionally, I did some significant rebalancing, adding shares to seventeen existing positions and removing shares from ten other positions. No fewer than fourteen DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in November. The net result of all these changes is that DivGro's PADI increased by about 4.5% in November. Year over year, my PADI increased by about 18.2%.

As for dividend income, in November, I received dividends totaling $2,951 from 24 stocks, a year-over-year increase of 16%. So far, in 2021, I've collected $32,960 in dividends or about 96% of my 2021 goal of $34,500.

Friday, December 24, 2021

DivGro Target Weights

I updated my system for determining target weights for DivGro positions. 

The system is both dynamic and flexible. It adjusts to prevailing market conditions and allows me to calibrate factors when my goals change. 

In this article, I present the updated system for determining DivGro target weights. I replaced one of the factors and added three new factors, for a total of seven factors that contribute to the target weight calculation. 

I'll summarize each contributing factor and explain how I calculate and use target weights. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Dividend Increases: December 11-17, 2021

This weekly article series covers dividend changes.

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

This past week, seventeen companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. No companies cut or suspended their dividends last week. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Best Defensive Dividend Growth Stocks

In the December edition of my 7 Dividend Growth Stocks on TheStreet.coms, I used a defensiveness scoring system developed by David Van Knapp [DVK] as my primary screen. The system awards points to stocks based on satisfying common notions of safety rather than for being members of a particular sector. 

In that article, I identified the best defensive stocks that traded below my risk-adjusted Buy Below prices. 

Today, I want to identify the best defensive dividend growth stocks regardless of their current valuations. While I wouldn’t recommend buying stocks until they trade at more favorable valuations, it is good to have a shortlist of high-quality defensive stocks ready to go!

Monday, December 20, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: December 21-January 3, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar. We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Home Run Number 42

I call any stock in my portfolio that has doubled my original capital outlay in total returns, a Home Run. It's a fun milestone to celebrate and I enjoy writing these articles! 

Last month, I announced Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) as DivGro's 41st Home Run stock. Despite having a very low forward yield of only 0.57%, COST has delivered total returns of 43% on an annualized basis. That's a remarkable performance!

Remarkably, my latest Home Run stock has delivered total returns of 39% on an annualized basis, despite having frozen its dividend a few years ago! 

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Dividend Increases: December 4-10, 2021

This weekly article series covers dividend changes.

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

In the past week, five companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. No companies cut or suspended their dividends last week. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: December 15-27, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar

We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. 

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Dividend Increases: November 27-December 3, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. 

The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

In the last week, 20 companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, including two of my DivGro holdings. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: December 12-20, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar. We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Monday, December 6, 2021

7 Dividend Growth Stocks For December 2021

Welcome to another edition of my monthly 7 Dividend Growth Stocks series in which I present seven high-quality dividend growth stocks for further analysis and possible investment.

I apply different screens every month to narrow down my watch list of more than 730 dividend growth stocks, Dividend Radar. Changing the screens from month to month highlights different aspects of dividend growth [DG] investing. For example, value investors tend to look for deep discounts, income investors prefer higher-yielding stocks, and growth-oriented investors favor higher DG rates.

This month, I used a defensiveness scoring system developed by David Van Knapp as my primary screen. The system awards points based on satisfying common notions of safety rather than for being in a certain economic sector. Additionally, I screened for stocks trading below my risk-adjusted Buy Below prices.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Dividend Increases: November 20-26, 2021

This weekly article series covers dividend changes.

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

In the past week, five companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. No companies cut or suspended their dividends last week. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: November 30-December 12, 2021

We write a weekly series providing a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar. We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Expired Options (November 2021)

I try to post an article shortly after options expiration in which I report on expired options and any actions I took in the week leading up to options expiration. 

I missed doing so in October, choosing to cover October's expired options in my Options Update of September and October.

This article covers the options that were scheduled to expire on 19 November. 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Options Update: September and October, 2021

I've given up on achieving my options income goal for 2021 and decided to take things easy in the remaining months of this year.

While options trading is not my primary focus, I do enjoy the action of boosting my dividend income with options income. But it requires more time than I have available now. So, I'll be setting a more modest options income goal for 2022. 

I haven't reported my September trades, yet, so this update will cover both September and October's trades. As usual, the article provides my options income tally, as well as a summary of options that will expire in the next two months. 

Monday, November 22, 2021

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For November 2021

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

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

This month,
 I screened for investment-grade Dividend Aristocrats trading at or below my risk-adjusted Buy Below price. Additionally, I required a 5-year Yield on Cost of at least 4.0%, a forward dividend yield that exceeds the 5-year average dividend yield, and positive trailing total returns over the past five years. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Dividend Increases: November 13-19, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. 

The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

In the last week, 17 companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, including two of my DivGro holdings. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: November 23-December 6, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar. We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Monthly Review Of DivGro: October 2021

Welcome to the October review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I present details of any buys or sells, and I 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 October, I opened one new position and added shares to one existing position. Two DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in October. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 0.9% in October. Year over year, PADI increased by 13.3%.

As for dividend income, in October I received dividends totaling $2,247 from 26 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 31%. So far in 2021, I've collected $30,009 in dividends or about 87% of my 2021 goal of $34,500.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Home Run Number 41

Earlier today, I reported DivGro's 40th Home Run stock, The Home Depot (HD), with total returns of 43% on an annualized basis. That's a remarkable performance!

In that article, I indicated that two stocks achieved home run status. The second stock achieved home run status less than one hour after HD did. I'm very pleased with its performance, too! In fact, with total returns of 44% on an annualized basis, this stock became a home run stock slightly faster than HD!

I'm covering that achievement in this article. 

Home Run Number 40

On September 11, I announced DivGro's 39th Home Run stock, Broadcom (AVGO), indicating in that article that The Home Depot (HD) was the closest contender for home run status with total returns of 84%.

It turns out that today, two stocks achieved home runs status. HD managed the achievement first after the stock popped higher following strong third-quarter results. 

Less than an hour after HD became DivGro's 40th Home Run stock, another stock reached that milestone! I'll cover it in my next article. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Dividend Increases: November 6-12, 2021

This weekly article series covers dividend changes.

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

In the past week, twelve companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. One stock declared a dividend resulting in a dividend cut.

Monday, November 15, 2021

7 Dividend Growth Stocks For November 2021

Every month, I select highlight seven high-quality dividend growth stocks from Dividend Radar for further analysis and possible investment. 

Dividend Radar tracks stocks trading on U.S. Exchanges with dividend increase streaks of at least five years. Dividend Radar is maintained and published by Portfolio Insight every Friday as a free resource to DG investors.

To highlight different DG stocks every month, I use different screens to narrow down approximately 740 Dividend Radar stocks. This month, I screened for Investment Grade Dividend Kings trading well below my Buy Below prices.

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: November 16-29, 2021

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. 

If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

In this article series, we provide a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar, a weekly automatically generated spreadsheet listing dividend growth stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Quarterly Review Of DivGro: Q3-2021

Welcome to the Q3-2021 review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks.

My quarterly reviews summarize the transactions executed in the past quarter and provide a summary of dividend income and dividend changes. Additionally, I include charts showing various portfolio statistics. The reviews are mostly informational and help me to track progress over time.

My portfolio generated more than $9,340 of dividend income this quarter and I'm projecting dividend income of at least $9,560 per quarter going forward.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Dividend Increases: October 30-November 5, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. 

The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

In the last week, 23 companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, including two of my DivGro holdings. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Dividend Increases: October 23-29, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors.

The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

In the past week, 18 companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I own. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: November 10-22, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar. We write these articles to alert readers of upcoming ex-dates so they could buy shares before the cut-off date. Doing so ensures that you'll get the next dividend payout, just-in-time!

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: November 2-15, 2021

Welcome to another edition of our article series on upcoming ex-dividend dates. We cover stocks in Dividend Radar and write these articles to alert readers so they could buy shares before the cut-off date to earn the upcoming dividend. 

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

5 Discounted Dividend Contenders

The Dividend Contenders are companies listed on U.S. exchanges that have dividend increase streaks of 10-24 years. There are 315 Dividend Contenders in my watchlist of dividend growth stocks, Dividend Radar, a free resource for DG investors maintained and published every Friday by Portfolio Insight

This article presents five high-quality Dividend Contenders that are discounted and offer generous and safe dividends and strong total return prospects. 

Monday, November 1, 2021

The Dividend Kings Ranked By Quality Score

Dividend Kings are stocks of companies that have increased their annual dividend payouts for 50 or more consecutive years. That's a remarkable feat, as these companies have navigated market crashes,  economic recessions, technological revolutions, and shifting consumer tastes to deliver ever-increasing dividends to investors. 

This article ranks Dividend Kings by quality scores obtained from DVK Quality Snapshots, an elegant and effective system for assessing the quality of dividend growth [DG] stocks. 

Unlike the Dividend Aristocrats, membership of the Dividend Kings is not maintained by a specific organization. Instead, membership is defined loosely based on a stock’s dividend increase streak. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

Dividend Increases: October 16-22, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish every Friday as a free resource for Dividend Growth Investors.

The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

This week, 20 companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, while no dividend cuts/suspensions were announced during this time period.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: October 5-18, 2021

Welcome to another edition of our article series on upcoming ex-dividend dates. We cover stocks in Dividend Radar

The reason we write these articles is to alert readers so they could buy shares before the cut-off date and earn the upcoming dividend. 

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Home Run Number 39

Less than six weeks ago, I announced DivGro's 38th Home Run stock, Accenture plc (ACN). In that article, I mentioned that Broadcom Inc (AVGO) was the closest to achieving home run status, with total returns of 94% (or 41% on an annualized basis). 

Today, I'm happy to announce my DivGro's 39th Home Run stock!  

As a dividend growth investor with a long-term investment horizon, I have a reasonable expectation that the majority of my DivGro stocks will someday reach home run status. The longer I'm invested in a stock, the higher is the likelihood that it will double my original capital outlay!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Dividend Increases: October 9-15, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. 

The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

This week, four companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases. One company announced a dividend cut/suspension during this time period.

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Top 10 Dividend Growth Opportunities

This article wraps up my article series on high-quality stocks in each of the GICS sectors. The series of 11 articles presented the 7 highest-ranked dividend growth stocks [DG] in each GICS sector, for a total of 77 stocks. Today, I’m presenting the top opportunities out of these 77 stocks.

I use DVK Quality Snapshots to assess the quality of dividend growth stocks, assigning 0-5 points to each stock based on how they rate on five widely-used quality indicators. The total of these points is a stock’s quality score out of a maximum of 25 points. I rank stocks by sorting them in descending order of quality score. When stocks have the same quality score, I use tie-breaking metrics to rank them. 

This article presents the ten top-ranked stocks out of the 77 DG stocks covered in this series.

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: October 19-November 1, 2021

Welcome to another article in our series that provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar

The reason we write these articles is to alert readers so they could buy shares before the cut-off date, and so earn the upcoming dividend. 

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For October 2021

Welcome to another edition of my monthly series of 10 Dividend Growth Stocks. In this series, I rank a selection of dividend growth stocks in Dividend Radar and present the ten top-ranked stocks for further research and possible investment. 

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

This month,
 I screened for Investment Grade stocks with high trailing total returns over the past decade and trading below my risk-adjusted Buy Below prices.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Dividend Increases: October 2-8, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. 

The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

Last week, only two companies announced dividend increases and there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: October 12-25, 2021

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

In this article series, we provide a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar, a weekly automatically generated spreadsheet listing dividend growth stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

Friday, October 8, 2021

7 Best Utilities Sector Dividend Stocks

Today’s article concludes my article series identifying high-quality stocks in each GICS sector

My watchlist of dividend growth stocks is Dividend Radar, a list of stocks trading on U.S. Exchanges with dividend increase streaks of five or more years. Dividend Radar is a free resource for dividend growth investors, maintained and published every Friday by Portfolio Insight. The latest edition (dated October 1, 2021) contains 744 stocks, of which 58 fall in the Utilities sector.

I use DVK Quality Snapshots to assess the quality of dividend growth stocks, assigning 0-5 points to each stock based on how they rate on five widely-used quality indicators. The total of these points is a stock’s quality score out of a maximum of 25 points. I rank stocks by sorting them in descending order of quality score. When stocks have the same quality score, I use tie-breaking metrics to rank them. 

This article presents the seven top-ranked stocks in the Utilities sector.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Dividend Increases: September 25-October 1, 2021

We monitor dividend announcements for stocks in Dividend Radar, a spreadsheet we update and publish for free every Friday. 

The spreadsheet provides key data of stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more. The Dividend Radar spreadsheet separates stocks into categories three categories: Champions (with increase streaks of 25+ years), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years).

This week, seven companies in Dividend Radar declared dividend increases, including three of my DivGro holdings. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: October 5-18, 2021

This article series provides a summary of upcoming ex-dividend dates of stocks in Dividend Radar, a weekly automatically generated spreadsheet listing dividend growth stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

The reason we write these articles is to alert readers so they could buy shares before the cut-off date, and so earn the upcoming dividend. 

The ex-dividend date of stocks is usually set one business day before the record date, the cut-off date for determining which shareholders will receive the next dividend payment. If you buy a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller will receive the next dividend. If you buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, you will receive the dividend.

Monthly Review Of DivGro: September 2021

Once a month, I review my portfolio of dividend growth stocks, DivGro. My goal with these reviews is to share updates to my portfolio and to detail the dividends I received during the month. I also look at how DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) has changed.

In September, I added shares to six existing positions and twelve DivGro stocks announced dividend increases. The net result of these changes is that PADI increased by about 5.9% in September. Year over year, PADI increased by 15.7%.

As for dividend income, in September I received dividends totaling $4,632 from 48 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 13%. So far in 2021, I've collected $27,762 in dividends or about 80% of my 2021 income goal of $34,500.

Friday, October 1, 2021

7 Dividend Growth Stocks For October 2021

Welcome to October's edition of my monthly series of high-quality dividend growth stocks suitable for further analysis and possible investment. 

I select DG stocks from Dividend Radar which tracks stocks trading on U.S. Exchanges with dividend increase streaks of at least five years. Dividend Radar is maintained and published by Portfolio Insight every Friday as a free resource to DG investors.

To highlight different DG stocks every month, I use different screens to narrow down approximately 750 Dividend Radar stocks. This month, I screened for Dividend Contenders trading well below my Buy Below prices with solid growth and income prospects, and safe dividends.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Expired Options (September 2021)

Shortly after options expiration, I try to post an article to report on expired options and any actions I took in the week leading up to options expiration. 

The summer months have been busy and I didn't get around to doing this; instead, I covered expired options with my regular monthly Options Update articles. 

This article covers the options that were scheduled to expire on 17 September. 

7 Best Real Estate Sector Dividend Stocks

One way to diversify your portfolio and mitigate risk is to invest in different sectors. This article series identifies high-quality stocks in the different GICS sector.

I use DVK Quality Snapshots to assess the quality of dividend growth stocks and assign quality scores. The system employs five quality indicators and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points. To rank stocks, I sort them by descending quality scores and using tie-breaking metrics where necessary. 

My watch list for dividend growth stocks is Dividend Radar, a free resource for dividend growth investors. Dividend Radar maintains a list of stocks trading on U.S. Exchanges with a streak of at least five years of higher annual dividend payouts. Dividend Radar is updated and published every Friday and is available for download here

This article presents the seven top-ranked dividend growth stocks in the Real Estate sector.