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 How to Assess Dividend Quality and The Chowder Ruleand a live spreadsheet of my DivGro Portfolio.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Top Holdings Of Dividend ETFs (Part 2b: The Top Cyclical Sector Stocks)

Continuing my article series on the top holdings of Dividend ETFs, in this article I'll be covering the top Cyclical Sector stocks. 

I decided to split Part 2 into three articles, one for each of the so-called supersectors, a way to categorize GICS sectors based on how they tend to perform during different phases of the business cycle. Part 2a covered the top Defensive Sector stocks and Part 2c will cover the top Sensitive Sector stocks. In each article, I'll provide key metrics and fair value estimates for the top seven stocks in each GICS sector in those supersectors. 

Monday, August 30, 2021

Dividend Increases: August 21-27, 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. 

Last week, eleven companies in Dividend Radar decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

As a dividend growth investor, my objective is to identify high-quality dividend growth [DG] stocks trading at reasonable valuations. That's a tough task, though, as high-quality DG stocks rarely are discounted. We highlight one of the high-quality stocks on the list!

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: August 31-September 13, 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.

We cover ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

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. To receive the next dividend, be sure to buy a stock before its ex-dividend date! If you buy the stock on or after the ex-dividend date, the seller will receive the next dividend.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Monthly Review Of DivGro: July 2021

Every month, I review my portfolio of dividend growth stocks, DivGro. My goal is to share updates and provide a summary of the dividends I collected. I also monitor DivGro's projected annual dividend income (PADI) and its monthly counterpart, PMDI. 

In July, I opened two new positions and added shares to five existing positions. Additionally, I closed five positions and reduced my holdings in six existing positions. Four DivGro stocks announced dividend increases in July. The net result of these changes is that PADI decreased by about 4.1% in July. Year over year, PADI increased by 8.5%.

As for dividend income, in July I received dividends totaling $2,597 from 27 stocks in my portfolio, a year over year increase of 46%. So far in 2021, I've collected $21,014 in dividends or about 61% of my 2021 goal of $34,500.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Options Update: July 2021

Updating readers on my options trading activity has been a challenge this Summer. In fact, I haven't reported July's actions and it is almost time to do the same for August! Work has occupied much of my time, and some challenging times for our family have made things worse. 

June turned out to be a great month for options trading with $5,731 added to my options income tally. That raised my year-to-date options income to $10,908. 

Unfortunately, July's numbers are very poor, as I decided to buy back three deep-in-the-money, covered calls. This article explains the reasons and also the Lesson Learned... don't write covered calls on growth stocks you really want to keep! 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

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Dividend Increases: August 14-20, 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, four companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Monday, August 23, 2021

7 Best Industrials Sector Dividend Stocks

In this article series, I present the top-ranked dividend growth stocks in each GICS sector. Sector diversification is one way to mitigate portfolio risk, as some sectors perform better than others in different economic conditions.

To rank stocks, I sort them in descending order by quality scores, as determined by DVK Quality Snapshots. When two stocks have the same quality score, I use tie-breaking metrics to rank one stock higher than the other. 

My watch list for 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 updated and published every Friday and is available for download here. The latest edition (dated August 20, 2021) contains 755 stocks, 118 of which are in the Industrials sector. 

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

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: August 24-6 September, 2021

This article series provides a summary of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks. We cover dividend growth stocks in Dividend Radar, a weekly automatically generated spreadsheet listing dividend growth stocks with dividend streaks of five years or more.

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. To receive the next dividend, be sure to buy a stock before its ex-dividend date! If you buy the stock on or after the ex-dividend date, the seller will receive the next dividend.

Friday, August 20, 2021

7 Discounted Utilities With Generous Dividends

 As a dividend growth investor, I look for high-quality dividend growth stocks trading at reasonable valuations. Dividend safety is an important consideration, and I prefer to invest in stocks that have a good chance of delivering solid total returns (dividends plus price appreciation).

Utilities operate in a regulated environment and often as legal monopolies, so they have predictable and stable earnings. This allows some Utilities to pay generous dividends and to increase their dividend payouts over time.

The Chowder Number and 5-year Yield on Cost are measures of a stock’s future total return and dividend income prospects.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Quarterly Review Of DivGro: Q2-2021

Welcome to the 34th quarterly review of DivGro, my portfolio of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks! 

In quarterly reviews, I summarize dividend income, dividend changes, and transactions executed in the past quarter. I also provide some charts showing various portfolio statistics. These reviews are mostly informational and help me to track progress over time.

This quarter, DivGro generated more than $9,530 in dividend income. I'm projecting dividend income of at least $8,830 per quarter going forward. So far this year, I've collected $18,417 in dividend income, or about 53% of my 2021 goal of $34,500. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

7 Best Health Care Sector Dividend Stocks

One way to diversify your portfolio is to invest in different sectors. Some sectors perform better than others in different economic conditions, and sector diversification helps to mitigate portfolio risk. 

In this article series, I present the top-ranked dividend growth stocks in each GICS sector. To rank stocks, I sort them in descending order by quality scores, as determined by DVK Quality Snapshots. When two stocks have the same quality score, I use tie-breaking metrics to rank one stock higher than the other. 

My watch list for candidates is Dividend Radar, a list of stocks trading on U.S. Exchanges with at least five consecutive years of higher dividend payouts. The list is updated and published every Friday and is available for download here. The latest edition (dated August 6, 2021) contains 759 stocks, 37 of which are in the Health Care sector. 

This article presents the seven top-ranked dividend growth stocks in the Health Care sector.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Dividend Increases: August 7-13, 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, ten companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases. No dividend cuts or suspensions were announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: August 17-30, 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.

We cover ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

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. To receive the next dividend, be sure to buy a stock before its ex-dividend date! If you buy the stock on or after the ex-dividend date, the seller will receive the next dividend.

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For August 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 DVK Quality Snapshots to determine quality scores and sort those in descending order, breaking ties with additional metrics.

This month,
 I screened for undervalued stocks with strong earnings growth in recent years. A company's ability to continue increasing its dividend in a sustainable way depends on earnings growth. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dividend Increases: July 31-August 6, 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, thirteen companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Note there were no dividend cuts or suspensions announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: August 10--23, 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. We cover ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

I co-produce this series with James Marino Sr. of Portfolio Insight.

The article presents a summary table of stocks going ex-dividend in the coverage period. Additionally, we screen for high-quality candidates using DVK Quality Snapshots and highlight one interesting candidate.

Dividend Increases: July 24-30, 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, 33 companies in Dividend Radar announced dividend increases. No dividend cuts or suspensions were announced for Dividend Radar stocks during this period.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Highest Quality Dividend Growth Stocks

David Van Knapp used a simple yet elegant system to identify the highest quality dividend growth [DG] stocks in this June 2020 article. 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 call this system DVK Quality Snapshots

This article updates David Van Knapp's June 2020 article. I applied the same stringent screens to the DG stocks in  Dividend Radar and found 60 stocks that passed. All these stocks scored at least 20 points according to DVK Quality Snapshots. They truly are the highest quality DG stocks around! 

I provide two bonus lists, one containing stocks that failed the S&P Credit Rating screen and another containing stocks that scored at least 20 total points but otherwise failed the stringent quality screens.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

7 Dividend Growth Stocks For August 2021

Last month I started a new series that will rank selections of Dividend Radar stocks and present the seven top-ranked stocks for consideration. Dividend Radar tracks stocks trading on U.S. exchanges with dividend increase streaks of at least five years.

Each month, I’ll consider different screens to narrow down the more than 750 Dividend Radar stocks. Screens will focus on various aspects of dividend growth investing, such as dividend yield, dividend growth rate, and stock valuation.

To rank stocks, I’ll use DVK Quality Snapshots to determine quality scores and tie-breaking metrics when necessary. DVK Quality Snapshots employs five widely used quality indicators from independent sources and assigns 0-5 points to each quality indicator, for a maximum of 25 points.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: August 3-16, 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.

We cover ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

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. To receive the next dividend, be sure to buy a stock before its ex-dividend date! If you buy the stock on or after the ex-dividend date, the seller will receive the next dividend.

7 Discounted Dividend Growth Stocks With Accelerating Total Returns

In a recent article, I presented the top-ranked dividend growth [DG] stocks with accelerating total returns. With quality scores of 23-25 according to DVK Quality Snapshots, these are some of the highest quality DG stocks in Dividend Radar. Remarkably, the stocks have delivered double-digit percentage total returns for at least ten years!

Unfortunately, all the stocks I presented are trading at premium valuations. While I'm willing to pay a small premium for high-quality stocks, these stocks are just too expensive right now. We would need a market correction to help bring these stocks down to my Buy Below prices!

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