Here is an index of some of the investing tools and dividend growth resources that I’ve found useful in learning about and practicing self-directed investing.
Seeking Alpha is a platform for investment research whose insight is provided by investors and industry experts rather than by sell-side analysts. The site offers a robust dividends and income community, with many articles generating 100’s of comments from readers. Additionally, the site offers portfolio tracking, free conference call transcripts and SEC filing info for publicly traded companies, and some excellent dividend history information under the “key data” tab for each ticker.
Chowder is the person I consider as the “Godfather” of dividend growth investing on Seeking Alpha. He has only penned a dozen articles on the site, and hasn’t published a new one in more than twelve months, but the discussion that continues in the comments following them is a gold mine for those interested in learning about investing and the stock market. In one truly wants to get to the meat and potatoes of DGI, spend a week or two reading through his over 18,000 comments on the site; you won’t be disappointed.
F.A.S.T. Graphs is the only monthly pay site that I subscribe to, and is the site I probably use more than any other in my buy decisions for investments. For $9.95 a month you get access to the earnings and dividend history for every publicly traded company as well as analyst earnings estimates and growth projections. It also provides FFO information for REITs and cash flow information for MLP’s. The premium version costs $48 per month and gives you the ability to screen stocks and adds portfolio tools.
Chuck Carnevale is the creator of F.A.S.T. Graphs, and is another of my favorite authors on Seeking Alpha. Known as “Mr. Valuation”, Chuck does an excellent job of teaching the relationship between earnings and price, and explaining how to use F.A.S.T. Graphs to determine fair value for a stock. With over 500 articles published and 40,000 followers, he is one of the all-time greats on Seeking Alpha.
Dividend Growth Forum is a message board where investors can hang out and discuss their personal portfolios, share investment ideas, and discuss the general stock market. It’s a nice place to post your thoughts and bounce ideas off other investors or ask any questions about investments.
The U.S. Dividend Champions List is the go-to source in finding all the top dividend growth stocks in the market. Seeking Alpha contributor David Fish maintains and posts monthly updates to the spreadsheet, which groups companies into Dividend Champions (25+ years of dividend growth), Dividend Contenders (10-24 years), and Dividend Challengers (5-9 years). The spreadsheets also has other important information like growth rates, debt metrics, payout ratios, earnings projections, and payout dates.
Dividend Channel has an excellent DRIP Returns Calculator that shows what your total investment returns would be by investing through different time periods with each stock, and allows you to compare those results against the market benchmarks: DOW Jones, S&P, and NASDAQ.
Dividend Growth Info is a website run by Roadmap2Retire that keeps a running spreadsheet of dividend increases declared by different companies and publishes a weekly summary of the those announcements. An excellent resource to help keep up with new information.
Stock Split History is a handy little website that shows the split history for publicly traded stocks. A tremendous help when trying to research historical returns for a company, as this information can be difficult to track down.
Robert Allen Schwartz’s tessellation website is an excellent site that shows which companies have been the best dividend growers through the decades. It includes all the companies from David Fish’s Dividend Champions List and provides several different views on historical growth rates and which companies have produced the longest steaks of growth. It also provides a historical archive of the U.S. Dividend Champion spreadsheets for users.
Dividend Driven is a site with a ton of info for those interested in discovering new blogs to follow. One of the prettier sites out there, the sites creator does an amazing job of presenting his portfolio and detailing his plan. He also has a leader-board page showing the monthly dividend progress for 90 different investment blogs and a blog roll of 150+ blogs related to dividend growth investing.
The Single Best Investment is the book that first got me interested in the dividend growth strategy. It provides an excellent summary of how investing in high quality and predictable businesses and then letting the compounding work as your dividends grow is a better path to wealth than speculating on earnings and focusing on capital gains.
Rockstar Finance is a personal finance site that has a searchable directory of over 1,000 finance blogs, forums where investors can discuss their stocks, and book reviews covering 100+ of the best finance books. An overall excellent resource for those looking for information on personal finance.
Finally, I’ve been asked by several people over the years to provide a copy of the Excel document I used to track my portfolio. I created a slimmed down version of the spreadsheet that people can download from Google Docs and edit as they please to suit their needs.
Here is a link to the Portfolio Tracker Spreadsheet.