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Ten Dividend Growth Stocks For Retirement Income

November 30, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: O , SKT , VZ

If you are reading this site, chances are that your goal is to live off dividends in retirement. Dividends are more secure than share prices, which means that retirement income is much easier to project using dividend income. Dividend income is more stable than share prices, and it is easier to forecast. A retiree can easily figure out how much dividends will be generated by a company. On the other hand, no one has any clue whether the stock price will be up or down a year from now. This is the reason why retirees have been focusing their attention on dividend checks for decades. Rather than focusing on whether they stock market is up or down, these retirees focused on identifying companies with dependable dividends, margin of safety in dividend payments, and available at attractive valuations.

I went through my watchlist, and identified several promising dividend companies that have secure dividends. The companies include:
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General Electric Cuts Dividends For The Second Time In A Decade

November 15, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GE

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Six Dividend Growth Stocks Working Tirelessly For Their Owners

October 30, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AFL , VFC , ABBV

As part of my monitoring process, I review the list of dividend increases every week. I use this exercise to monitor performance on existing holdings, and also to uncover hidden gems for further research. When I purchase shares in a company at an attractive price, I expect trends in earnings per share and dividends per share to continue into the future. This dividend momentum is a very powerful force, because it can continue for decades, while richly rewarding shareholders with higher dividends and capital appreciation. However, it is also important to keep monitoring those holdings, in order to make sure that the business is still growing, and can afford to pay higher dividends to me.

It is always great to see companies I own continue to reward me with a raise. The amount of organic dividend increases I receive from my investments has always been higher than the raises I receive at work. And that is despite the fact that I have to spend a lot of time in the office, plus the obligatory after-hours commitment to the firm. This is the nice things about dividend growth investing - the companies work very hard for you, so that you don't have to.

In the past week, there were several companies on my watchlist, which raised their dividends to shareholders. With one exception, all of those have managed to reward shareholders with a dividend increase for at least ten years in a row. The exception is a spin-off from a dividend champion which had rewarded shareholders with a raise for over four decades. 

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Four Dividend Growth Stocks To Consider On Dips

October 23, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: V , EPD , CTAS

As part of my monitoring process, I review the list of dividend increases every week. This is in addition to the regular screening I do against the list of dividend champions and contenders
I use this exercise as a way to monitor how companies I own are doing, and potentially uncover any attractively priced opportunities that my screens may have overlooked. Many times, I end up uncovering quality companies for further research that fit everything I am looking for, except for valuation. As a result, I tuck those companies on a waiting list. If they ever get close to my desired entry price, I get an alert and review the situations further.

In general I look for:

1) A history of dividend increases through a full economic cycle. A long streak of annual dividend increases is an indication that we have quality company with a strong track record for further research

2) A history of earnings growth. I believe that a company that grows earnings over time can withstand a large number of headwinds working against it.

3) A dividend that is well covered out of earnings. I require a margin of safety in dividends, for companies I am monitoring. I also require growth in earnings per share, in order to make sure that dividend growth does not occur solely by expansion of the dividend payout ratio

4) An attractive valuation. To me, this generally means a P/E below 20, coupled with a track record of earnings and dividend growth. A low valuation is not bullish in itself, if a company is not growing the bottom line.

After going through the list of companies that raised dividends over the past week, I identified four companies for further research.

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Should I invest in General Mills?

October 17, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GIS , CPB , K

General Mills, Inc. is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. The Company is a supplier of branded and unbranded food products to the North American foodservice and commercial baking industries. The Company has three segments: U.S. Retail, International, and Convenience Stores and Foodservice.

Today we are going to evaluate General Mills (GIS) against these simple four filters. In general:

1. I look for quality companies (evidenced by a long streak annual dividend increases)
2. I want them at an attractive valuation
3. I want EPS growth, to ensure future dividend growth and growth in intrinsic value over time
4. I want an adequate margin of safety in dividends

General Mills is a dividend achiever which has increased dividends to shareholders for 14 years in a row. The company and its predecessors have paid dividends without interruption for 119 years. Over the past decade, General Mills has managed to hike annual dividends at a rate of 10.40%/year. 
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