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.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Market Implied DGR - A Quick and Dirty Stock Valuation Method

By Catfishwizard

Coming up with a fair value of an individual stock is really hard, and can be as complicated as you want it to be.

I don’t like complicated, so I came up with a metric that I call Market Implied DGR to quickly give me a baseline of fair value from a dividend growth investing perspective.

I’d like to share that metric and my reasoning behind using it with you.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Options Update: July 2017

DivGro is about generating 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.

Since 2013 when I started DivGro, my portfolio has generated dividend income totaling about $38,000. While that's a decent chunk of change, I realized that I could boost my dividend income through options trading.

In my monthly options update, I report my options trades and provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

In 2017, I'm hoping to earn $8,400 in options income. This month I added secured options income of $1,376, increasing 2017's total to $6,274. (Last month I collected only $469, so I'm very happy with this month's total!)

Monday, July 31, 2017

18 Dividend Increases: July 24-28, 2017 (Part 2: Non-Financials)

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.

This past week, 18 companies on my watch list declared dividend increases.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

18 Dividend Increases: July 24-28, 2017 (Part 1: Financials)


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

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

In the last week, 18 companies on my watch list declared dividend increases.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

How To Invest $100,000 In Dividend Growth Stocks

By Mike McNeil

I recently decided to quit my job and to build my own business. Having contributed to a defined pension plan, I’m soon going to receive more than $100,000. With the markets trading at all-time highs, the question is: How should I invest the $100,000?

I decided to invest the full amount in dividend growth stocks. This article explains my decision and presents the step-by-step methods I intend to use.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

20 Dividend Increases: July 17-21, 2017 (Part 2: Non-Financials)


Companies can only raise 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 week, 20 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including one of the stocks I own.

20 Dividend Increases: July 17-21, 2017 (Part 1: Financials)


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.

This past week, 20 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recent Sell: Reynolds American

On 19 July 2017, the Winston-Salem-based tobacco company, Reynolds American, Inc (RAI), announced that shareholders approved the acquisition of RAI by British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS). The transaction is expected to complete on or about 25 July 2017.

The deal comprises a cash payment of $29.44 per RAI share, plus American Depositary Shares (BTI) equal to 0.526 of an ordinary BATS share.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DivGro Pulse: July 2017

Welcome to another edition of my monthly pulse article series.

Pulse articles are strategy focused and I monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I update the fair value estimates of 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 to see if any of them are performing poorly. If so, I need to take appropriate action.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

LTC: A Monthly Dividend Offering a Growing Payout

By Gaurav Sharma

There's a famous saying in the investment world: The greater the risk, the greater the return.

Greater risk requires more information: Can the business survive? Is the business model easy to understand? Being a higher-risk investment, does it need to be assessed on a more frequent basis?

These are all valid questions when investing.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

10 Dividend Increases: July 10-14, 2017


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

I monitor dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks to identify candidates for further analysis.
In the last week, ten companies on my watch list declared dividend increases, including three of the stocks I own.

Earnings season is kicking into gear and the quiet period for dividend increase announcements seems to be over!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Selling Puts Makes Sense For Dividend Growth Investors

By Amber Tree Leaves

If you're a dividend growth investor, you buy a stock and capture the dividend for reinvestment.

Did you know that selling puts could boost your income?

Yes, there are horror stories about options. But selling puts is useful if done wisely.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Quarterly Review, Q2-2017

Welcome to my 18th quarterly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I adopted the strategy of dividend growth investing (DGI) more than four years ago after being inspired by several do-it-yourself DGI bloggers.

My quarterly reports summarize the actions I've taken during the preceding quarter. Quarterly reports include summaries of dividends received and changes that impact dividend income.

In the second quarter of 2017, I concluded several account consolidation actions, including transferring our IRAs to FolioInvesting where I'm managing them as part of DivGro. I have yet to transfer our taxable account from FolioInvesting to our trust account at Interactive Brokers. Doing so will allow me to write more covered calls.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Investing Lesson: Why Buying Netflix In 2012 Made Me Foolish

By Stockles

It's hard to imagine that it has been five years since I bought my first stock, Netflix (NFLX). When I look back and think about the mistakes, lessons, and experiences over these years, I am quite humbled.

Investing is something special and, somehow, it makes life a bit more profound and enjoyable.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

7 Dividend Increases: June 26-July 7, 2017


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

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

In the past two weeks, 7 companies on my watch list declared dividend increases.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For July 2017

David Fish maintains a list of stocks trading on U.S. exchanges with at least five consecutive years of paying higher dividends. Colloquially called the CCC list and presented in a spreadsheet, the list is a wonderful source for dividend growth investors.

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 6/30/17) contains 824 stocks. This month, I trimmed the CCC list using screens based on the Value Line Ranking System:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monthly Review: June 2017

Welcome to my monthly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks!

I love quarter-ending months, as most companies pay dividends in these months. And June certainly did not disappoint, as I set another record for dividend income received in a single month! In fact, this is the first time I've collected more than $2,000 in a single month! No fewer than 31 of my positions paid dividends in June.

As for trading activity, June was a busy month. I opened several new positions and added shares to an existing position. Noteworthy is that I've added four non-dividend paying stocks to DivGro! I have yet to report on these trades and explain why I decided to add these stocks. Look for an upcoming article that explains my thinking.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Recent Sell: Target Corporation

In my latest Pulse article, Target Corporation (TGT) turned out to be the fifth largest position in DivGro. The reason is that in May, I added shares to my TGT position due to the assignment of put options.

Before this trade, I owned 340 shares of TGT. I decided to sell 40 shares and so reduce my TGT position to 300 shares. This short article presents a summary of the trades and dividends received.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Options Update: June 2017

Welcome to my options update for June!

I report my options trades monthly, usually shortly after options expiration Friday. I list assigned, expired, closed, and rolled options and I report new options. Finally, I provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date and I discuss the progress I'm making towards achieving my 2017 options income goal.

In last month's option update I added $1,635 to my tally of secured options income. This month I'm adding only $469, but I'm making great progress to achieving my goal of earning $8,400 in options income in 2017.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Now Inviting Guest Posts

Last month I surveyed readers to determine if DivGro should publish guest posts. Most respondents supported the idea and I decided to start hosting guest posts in July 2017.

I added a Guest Posts page with guidelines for prospective guest authors and to explain the submission process. The page briefly explains the review process and lists some ideas for article topics.

 If you're interested in writing a guest post for DivGro, please contact me.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

4 Dividend Increases: June 19-23, 2017


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

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

In the past few weeks, four companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Recent Sell: STAG Industrial


In my monthly Pulse articles, I rank all the stocks in DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I use an elaborate system to ranks stocks, using fundamental data from the CCC list and sources like Morningstar, finbox.io, Simply Wall St, and F.A.S.T. Graphs.

For several months now, STAG Industrial (STAG) was ranked at the bottom of all the stocks in my portfolio. The REIT earned only one star in my 7-star rating system. 

On the other hand, STAG has been a great performer for DivGro. It yields 5% and pays monthly dividends, which are two reasons to like the STAG!

So why did I sell all my STAG shares?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Dividend Increases: June 5-16, 2017


Companies that regularly raise 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, ten companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including three of my DivGro holdings.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

DivGro Pulse: June 2017

Welcome to another Pulse article! The goal of my monthly Pulse articles is to monitor the health of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. These articles are strategy focused and help me to identify undervalued stocks suitable for further investment. I also want to identify underperforming stocks, which should be monitored carefully. If a stock underperforms for a prolonged period of time, it should be removed from my portfolio.

Because of how I schedule my other monthly articles, I like to publish my pulse articles mid-month. Updating the fair values of every stock in DivGro takes several hours to complete, as I perform a multi-stage Dividend Discount Model analysis, a Gordon Growth Model analysis, and an analysis of dividend safety. I also consider fair value estimates and price targets available elsewhere, such as those from Morningstarfinbox.io, and S&P Capital IQ.

I hope you find my pulse articles worth the read!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Top Holdings of Dividend ETFs (June 2017 Edition)

In December last year, I presented the Top Holdings of Dividend ETFs, a virtual portfolio of dividend growth stocks compiled from 27 ETFs (exchange-traded funds) that invest in dividend-paying stocks. By analyzing the top 25 holdings in each ETF and assigning weights proportional to the size of each holding, it is possible to rank them and so find the top holdings of all these dividend ETFs.

This article presents an updated list for June 2017 compiled from 28 dividend ETFs. I present the top 50 holdings along with key statistics and fair value estimates from Morningstar.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Monthly Review: May 2017

Welcome to monthly review number 53 of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks!

After last month's disappointing total, I'm happy to say that I added dividend income totaling $1,278 in May.

This amount includes $460 in past dividends and $818 in new dividends. Past dividends are from a stock in one of my wife's IRA's, which I'm now managing as part of DivGro.

Friday, June 9, 2017

10 Dividend Growth Stocks For June 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 it 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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4 Dividend Increases: May 29-June 2, 2017


Companies that regularly raise 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, 4 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

500

The last time I wrote a milestones article, I had just crossed half million page views. I posted the article (number 370 on DivGro) on 17 July 2016. Today's article is number 500 and I'm closing in on 850,000 page views!

Page views and number of articles are nice numbers to track and I'm happy to celebrate milestones, but DivGro is about generating a reliable and growing dividend income stream and I'm much more interested in seeing how DivGro's projected annual dividend income increases over time.

As with all these milestone articles, I hope to encourage other dividend growth investment (DGI) bloggers and to help this wonderful community go from strength to strength!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Options Update: May 2017

I report my options trading activity monthly, usually shortly after options expiration Friday. Doing so allows me to report on expired or assigned options. I also report new options trades and provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

In last month's option update I added $918 to my tally of secured options income. This month I'm adding $1,635 more. I'm getting close to achieving my goal of earning $8,400 in options income in 2017. At this pace, I'll have to revise my goal upwards! Is it realistic to go for $12,000 instead? I wonder.

In May, two options got assigned, two expired, and I closed one option early. Also, I rolled forward three trades and sold one put. Following are details of all my options trades.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Results of My Guest Posts Survey

Earlier this month I asked readers to express their thoughts on whether DivGro should publish guest posts.

I posed questions like Would adding guest posts be helpful? and Would other dividend growth (DG) bloggers want to write guest posts for DivGro?

Today's post answers these questions and provides a summary of the survey results.

Monday, May 29, 2017

9 Dividend Increases: May 22-26, 2017


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

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

In the past week, 9 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

8 Dividend Increases: May 15-19, 2017


Companies can only increase their dividends regularly if they sufficiently grow 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, 8 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases, including 2 of my DivGro holdings.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Recent Transfer: INTC

Intel Corporation (INTC) is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation with headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing. INTC the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue.

INTC pays quarterly dividends in the months of March, June, September, and December. Recently, the company increased its dividend by 4.81% to 27.25¢ per share. At $35.40, INTC yields 3.08%.

The stock is no longer on the CCC list because the company failed to increase the dividend in 2014. With increases in 2019 and 2020, INTC will once again earn Dividend Challenger status.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Monthly Review: April 2017

Welcome to another monthly review of DivGro, my portfolio of dividend growth stocks. I founded DivGro in January 2013 to generate a reliable and growing dividend stream, and this is monthly review number 52!

After last month's record-breaking dividend income total, April's total was quite disappointing. As a matter of fact, the last time I earned less than $415 in a single month was way back in October 2015.

So why the big drop?

The main reason is that I closed my PennantPark Investment (PNNT) position in February and so gave up a fairly large dividend. Specifically, in April 2016, I collected $531 just from PNNT... and dividend income totaling $651. This month, without the boost from PNNT, I collected only $414.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Options Update: April 2017

I report my options trading activity monthly, usually after options expiration Friday. Doing so allows me to report on expired or assigned options. I also report new options trades and provide a running tally of DivGro's options income to date.

Things are still hectic, as I seem to have more work to do than time to do these days. So this update is a bit late, once again, as May's options expiration Friday is upon us!

In my options update for March, I reported on two option assignments, one options expiration, three rolled trades, and one put option trade. My options trading activity was rather light in March, so I added only $304 to my tally of secured options income.

In contrast, April's options trading activity was quite heavy!

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