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.

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