The tough financial environment we experienced over the last 2 years has helped me focus on higher quality stocks and in turn, my income portfolio is better equipped to handle the inevitable downturn. As valuations increased, current yields declined prompting some income investors to chase higher-yielding and higher-risk stocks. My income portfolio's 2010 risk rating will end very close to where it was in 2009.
Looking to 2011, I don't see it much differently than 2010, with the possible exception of a correction sometime during the year. I always welcome a correction as a buying opportunity. 2010 had fewer dividend cuts, I anticipate a similar level in 2011. On the plus side, I suspect 2011 will will see fewer companies failing to raise their dividends (dividend freezes). With that as a backdrop here are my updated goals going into 2011:
I left the income goals for 2027 and 2017 goals unchanged. However, it is very apparent that I will not make the YOC targets for 2027 and 2017. I lowered 2027's YOC from 20% to 10% and lowered 2017's to 5.8%. I am setting my 2011 annualized dividend income goal at $15,500. To achieve this goal, I anticipate more robust dividend growth than we have seen in the last two years. The 2011 yield on cost of 4.70% assumes significantly lower dividend declines from holding less income ETFs with volatile dividends.
I am confident that I will finish 2011 with higher annualized dividend income than where 2010 ended. In addition, I feel good that my string of sequential months of higher annualized dividend income will continue through 2011.
If it were easy, everyone would do it and success wouldn't be nearly as satisfying. Here's to an exciting 2011!
(Photo: sanja gjenero)