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4 Stocks With September Dividend Increases

Announcements Quicken After Summer Lull

Dividend growth investing is the strategy of buying shares in companies with reliable and consistently increasing dividend payouts to shareholders.

I have used this strategy since early 2013, and have kept a log of all the dividend increase announcements in my portfolio since its inception. By doing so, I am able to see which companies I own announce new dividends on which dates, and see if there is any pattern to the announcements over the years.

I have found that there is typically a lull in announcements made during the summer months, with most announcements made in either quarter surrounding the New Year. This makes intuitive sense, as companies are generally declaring new rates at the end of either their fiscal or the calendar year.

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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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