Portfolio Update: April Dividends Up By Ten Percent

The last of my April dividends hit the account on Monday, allowing me to update the DGI For The DIY portfolio spreadsheet and see the progress made in the portfolio.

Here are the final income numbers for the month, along with a comparison to 2016’s totals:

April 2017 Dividends Received
April 2017 Dividend Report

The portfolio saw a 10% increase in dividend income over 2016 totals. This increase comes from a combination of organic dividend increases, reinvestment of dividends, and purchases made over the last year.

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Ameriprise Financial: Boosting Dividends And Shrinking Shares

Ameriprise Financial Inc. $AMP is a company rarely mentioned among the top stocks in the financial sector. However, despite the lack of recognition it has been one of the better performers over the last decade, providing investors with 10.7% annualized total returns against 6.5% from the S&P.

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Chowder’s Investing Words Of Wisdom, Part II

I read many comments, articles, and other writings about investing throughout the week. Earlier this month, I started to bookmark the pieces that catch my eye, with plans to highlight them for readers here on DGI For The DIY.

Regular readers of this site are aware of the respect and admiration I have for Chowder on Seeking Alpha. He was one of the contributors there that caught my attention early on, and has played a big part in my maturation as a dividend growth investor.

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I “Just Did It” And Finally Made The Nike Plunge

If you’ve done much reading on this site, you are probably aware that I enjoy keeping watch lists on various sectors of the stock market.  Nike Inc. $NKE not only resides on the consumer discretionary sector watch list, but  has also made appearances on some of the high growth lists I’ve put together as well.

While Nike has been on my radar for some time, I have avoided purchasing it for two reasons:

  • Valuation: Nike has generally traded with a PE in the high-20’s since I built my dividend growth portfolio in early 2013.
  • Low Yield: Nike pays out just 30% of its earnings in dividends, which results in a yield below 1.5%.

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5 New Dividend Boosts Have Me All Smiles

I am all smiles after a handful of dividend increases were announced in the DGI For The DIY portfolio. Over the last two weeks, 5 more companies declared new dividend rates, providing me with another nice boost to my income.

With these increases, ten of the eleven companies from my portfolio dividend growth projections have now made announcements. I previously wrote about the increases from Polaris Industries, Church & Dwight Co. and Gilead Sciences, and Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper Snapple. Today I will give my thoughts on the most recent increases coming from Xcel Energy Inc. $XEL, Ross Stores, Inc. $ROST, GameStop Corp. $GME, Digital Realty Trust $DLR, and QUALCOMM Inc. $QCOM.

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Coke, Dr Pepper Boost Dividends

On January 25th, I published the dividend increase predictions expected in the DGI For The DIY Portfolio during the first quarter of 2017.  After seeing dividend growth announcements from Polaris Industries, and then from Church & Dwight and Gilead Sciences, my sights moved towards the two soft drink companies in my portfolio, The Coca-Cola Company $KO and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. $DPS.

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Gilead, Church & Dwight Boost Dividends

Two weeks ago I published my predictions for the 11 dividend increase announcements there were expected in my portfolio during the first quarter. Shortly thereafter, Polaris Industries Inc. $PII announced a 5.45% boost to its dividend, which was a pleasant surprise to the upside compared to my prediction.

On February 7th, two more companies, Gilead Sciences $GILD and Church & Dwight Co., Inc. $CHD, announced their new rates. Before we discuss the increases, let’s take a look at my original prediction.

DGI For The DIY – Q1 Dividend Growth Projections

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Dividend Payout Ratio: Is It Relevant?

I was just going over some of my sector-based watch lists and was struck by the wide variety of dividend payout ratio targets that have been set by companies. This got me thinking about how often investors, and specifically dividend investors, use payout ratio as an initial screening tool for finding potential investments.

Not only do payout ratios vary significantly from sector to sector, but they also can vary significantly between companies operating in similar businesses. For example, it is quite common for utility companies to pay out more than 50% of their earnings in dividends, as they operate in generally stable businesses that have predictable earnings. However, when looking at my 30 stock utility watch list, there is a range of targeted payout ratios from 40-75%, with UGI Corporation $UGI on the low end and Dominion Resources $D at the top.

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