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!)

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