Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Increasing Dividend Yield Part III: Preferred Stock

This is the third installment in a multi-part series that looks at various options used by income investors to boost their yield while waiting for dividend growth to lift their portfolio's overall yield-on-cost. Last week we looked at REITs. This week we are looking at Preferred Stock.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. On this day most Americans reflect on all that they have been blessed with and give thanks for it. As an investor in dividend growth stocks, there are many things to be thankful for this year, including a wonderful family, friends and the ability to pursue my dreams.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

High-Quality, Low-Risk Dividend Stocks

To a large extent we are a product of our environment. Our life experiences not only shape out behavior, but at its very core, they shape our thought process. The Great Depression forever changed a generation of people. It appears the 2008-2009 financial crisis (Great Recession) may be having a similar effect on another generation.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Southern Company (SO) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Southern Company (SO). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Southern Company is an Atlanta-based energy holding company and is one of the largest producers of electricity in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Increasing Dividend Yield Part II: REITs

This is the second installment in a multi-part series that looks at various options used by income investors to boost their yield while waiting for dividend growth to lift their portfolio's overall yield-on-cost. Last week we looked at Utilities. This week we are looking at Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

Friday, November 12, 2021

Chevron Corporation (CVX) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Chevron Corporation (CVX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Chevron Corporation is a global integrated oil company (formerly ChevronTexaco) has interests in exploration, production, refining and marketing, and petrochemicals

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

2 Dividend Stocks With A 10% Yield In 10 Years

There are income investors and Dividend Growth investors. While the distinction is rather simple, it slips past many casual observers. Income investors are investing for maximum current income, while dividend growth investors are looking to maximize income over an extended period of time -- usually sacrificing current income for higher future earnings.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Caterpillar Inc. is the world's largest producer of earthmoving equipment, and a major manufacturer of mining equipment, electric power generators and engines used in petroleum markets.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Increasing Dividend Yield Part I: Utilities

This is the first installment in a multi-part series that looks at various options used by income investors to boost their yield while waiting for dividend growth to lift their portfolio's overall yield-on-cost. This week we are looking at Utilities - those investments long considered as a safe harbor for "orphans and widows."

Friday, October 29, 2021

Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Cincinnati Financial Corp. is an insurance holding company that primarily markets property and casualty coverage. It also conducts life insurance and asset management operations.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Are ETFs and CEFs Good Dividend Growth Investments?

Investing in dividend growth stocks is not about buying high-yield stocks to generate a high income. Instead, this form of dividend investing is all about finding solid dividend growth stocks that are reasonably priced and are expected to continue raising their dividends in the future. Most of the time their current yields aren't eye-popping, but the growing divdends over time will more than compensate for the lower current yield.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Consolidated Edison, Inc. is an electric and gas utility holding company serves parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Holding Bonds Could Push Your Portfolio Into The High Risk Category

Bonds have long been sought after for their stability and safety. For those following a disciplined asset allocation model, bonds likely make up a significant portion of their portfolio. Over time, this has been a well-devised plan. However, to continue holding significant positions in bonds in this economic environment will likely result in a catastrophic end.

Friday, October 15, 2021

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: IBM's global offerings include information technology services, software, computer hardware equipment, fundamental research, and related financing.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

5 Companies With The Power of 5/15 Dividend Growth

As a kid I loved math. Unlike classic literature where I had to correctly interpret symbolism that I rarely ever noticed, math was one of the few subjects that had a definitive answer - it was either right or wrong. I took great comfort in that. Investing in dividend growth stocks takes advantage of certain undeniable math principles.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Microsoft Corporation (MSFT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Microsoft, the world's largest software company, develops PC software, including the Windows operating system and the Office application suite.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Market Timing vs. Buy And Hold

Over the years I have observed that there are many ways to earn a good return in the market. In addition to buy and hold, some have successfully used various forms of market timing including sector rotation, momentum investing, technical analysis, et. al. Given a person's unique makeup, not all strategies will work for everyone. At the same time, I believe all strategies will fail if the investor is not committed to their selected strategy over the long term.

Friday, October 1, 2021

The Coca-Cola Company (KO) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Coca-Cola Company (KO). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest soft drink company, and also has a sizable fruit juice business.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Searching the World For The Best Dividend Stocks

Knowledgeable investors will agree that a well-planned asset allocation model should include a portion dedicated to international investments. As an investor in dividend growth stocks, this has been one of the more challenging allocations within my portfolio.

Friday, September 24, 2021

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: National Retail Properties, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust that invests in high-quality, freestanding retail properties subject to long-term net leases with major retail tenants.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Dividend Stock Bubble: Is It Even Possible?

For the last several years the stock market and Dividend Stocks have been on an upward spiral. Their ascent was propelled by low interest rates and the mass-media, infamous for stalking the next great fad. Following the well-worn script, the media cheerleaders are slowly swapping their pom-poms for darts as they assume their next roles as naysayers.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Kimberly Clark Corp. is a global consumer products company producing tissue, personal care and health care brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, and Scott.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

What's Your Retirement Vision?


Where there is no vision, the people perish.
-- Proverbs 29:18

Let's look at a couple of definitions from dictionary.com:

Friday, September 10, 2021

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Johnson & Johnson is a leader in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products industries.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Dividend Stocks

To make our world easier to understand and explain, we like to organize and categorize things into groups for ease of reference. Dividend Stocks are no different. They can be placed into a few categories based on their historic performance and expectations for the future. Here are three broad categories:

Friday, September 3, 2021

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Pfizer Inc. (PFE). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Pfizer Inc. ranks as one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, offering a wide range of drugs across a broad therapeutic spectrum.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Most Important Financial Statement When Selecting Dividend Growth Stocks

We all know what surprising the street will do to a stock's price. The street focuses on quarterly revenue, EPS, EBIT, EBITDA and margins. The income statement is where you find all the metrics that the street loves. Therefore, the income statement must be the most important financial statement... or is it?

Monday, August 23, 2021

Posting Schedule

I am taking some time off this week to visit family. As such, there will be NO articles published this week. I will begin posting again during the week of August 30, 2020. I will have limited access to the internet during this time and may not be able to respond quickly to any inquiries.










Friday, August 20, 2021

Realty Income Corp (O) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Realty Income Corp. (O). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Realty Income Corporation is an equity real estate investment trust that owns, develops and manages retail real estate, primarily single tenant buildings throughout most of the U.S. The trust is also among a handful of REITS that pay monthly dividends.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

21 Suggestions for Success


Regular readers know that Dividend Growth Stocks isn't just about dividend stock investing, but developing a winning attitude that can be applied to every aspect of our lives. In the past, I ran across an interesting web page "21 Suggestions for Success", by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Here are the 10 that I identified as most important building success in my life:

Friday, August 13, 2021

T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (formerly T. Rowe Price Associates) operates one of the largest no-load mutual fund and life cycle fund complexes in the United States.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Stock Dividends - The Gift of Nothing

Have you ever been tempted to wrap up an empty box and give it to your spouse for your anniversary. You could say something mushy like, "this isn't an empty box, it is filled with all my love." I don't know how your spouse would react, mine would see through this ploy as me just trying to be cheap.

Friday, August 6, 2021

The Clorox Company (CLX) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of The Clorox Company (CLX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Clorox Company is a diversified producer of household cleaning, grocery and specialty food products is also a leading producer of natural personal care products.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

How To Maximize Your Dividend Stocks' Earnings

What makes investing in dividend stocks so intriguing is the power of compound dividends. We all know that compound interest is what occurs when interest previously earned is added to the principle and is considered when calculating future interest – i.e. earning interest on interest. Compound dividends are like compound interest, but much better.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Exxon Mobil Corp., formed through the merger of Exxon and Mobil in late 1999, is the world's largest publicly owned integrated oil company.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

What's More Powerful Than Compound Interest?

Simple interest is where interest is calculated on the original principal amount and unpaid interest is not added to the principal for future calculations. Compound interest is what occurs when interest previously earned and is unpaid is added to the principle and is considered when calculating future interest - i.e. earning interest on interest. This is an extraordinarily powerful wealth building tool.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Verizon Communications Inc. is the largest U.S. wireless carrier, Verizon also offers wireline and broadband services primarily in the northeastern U.S.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

When Is Enough, Enough?

I am reminded of the old story about a farmer that said to his wife, "I told you 'I love you' when we got married and if anything changes, I'll let you know." Most of us require a little more frequent feedback than once-in-a-lifetime. The same is true with my dividend investments.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX) Dividend Stock Analysis


Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (RTX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Raytheon Company, the world's fifth largest military contractor, specializes in making high-tech missiles, advanced radar systems and sensors, defense electronics, and missile-defense systems.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dividends vs. Stock Buybacks

With interest rates near zero, there is virtually no value created for shareholders by holding a lot of cash and this has left many companies with a desire to return the cash to shareholders. But how to return the cash has become the great debate. Dividends or stock buybacks, which method of returning cash to shareholders is superior? Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. In some cases one is clearly preferable over the other.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Hormel Foods Corp. is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Who is David Dodd and Why Should We Listen to Him

Smith & Wesson immediately means something to a person familiar with firearms. In much the same way, the phrase Graham and Dodd carries a lot of weight with value investors. David LeFevre Dodd, the lessor known of the two, was born in 1895. He was an educator and close colleague of Benjamin Graham at the Columbia Business School.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Medtronic Inc. (MDT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Medtronic Inc. (MDT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Medtronic Inc. is a global medical device manufacturer with leadership positions in the pacemaker, defibrillator, orthopedic, diabetes management and other medical markets.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

5 Lessons Learned About Investing In Dividend Growth Stocks

On December 11, 2003, I purchased my first dividend stock. Granted my motives were not pure, nor did I have a clue as to what I was doing. Prior to that I had always been an aggressive growth investor. During my investing years, I have learned many things. However, I would rank these 5 lessons as the most important:

Friday, June 25, 2021

Duke Energy (DUK) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Duke Energy (DUK). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Duke Energy Corp. merged with Progress Energy in mid-2012, and is the largest electric power holding company in the U.S., serving more than 7 million customers in six states.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

3 Simple Steps For A Successful Retirement

Have you ever read something then paused and said well that's stating the obvious? Then upon further reflection realize what is obvious to you may not be obvious to others. This happened to me as I was scanning some retirement headlines.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Colgate-Palmolive (CL) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Colgate-Palmolive (CL). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a major consumer products company that markets oral, personal and household care and pet nutrition products in more than 200 countries and territories.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

UPDATE: About Email Delivery

As noted in the earlier announcement, Feedburner recently announced that beginning in July 2021 they would no longer deliver content by email. We have searched for a similar service that will provide content free of charge and have been limited in what we found. The service recommend in an earlier email, RSS by email, seems to be having some problems. This possibly could be related to the number of people trying to move to it since Google announced Feedburner was shutting down. We have found the following alternative...

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

3 High Rated, Lower Debt Dividend Stocks With A Reasonable Payout

New income investors naturally focus on yield, but the highest yielding stocks aren't always the best investments. To find the very best dividend growth stocks an investor must identify companies that will not just sustain their dividends, but increase them every year. To find these jewels in the rough, there are two very important things the investor must look for.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

IMPORTANT Announcement About Email Delivery

Feedburner, which is owned by Google, is used to deliver content from this website to people by email. Feedburner recently announced that beginning in July 2021 they would no longer deliver content by email. We have searched for a similar service that will provide content free of charge and have been limited in what we found.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Abbvie Inc. (ABBV) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Abbvie Inc. (ABBV). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Abbvie Inc. is a global research-based pharmaceuticals business that emerged as a separate entity following its spin-off from Abbott Laboratories at the start of 2013. AbbVie's key drug is Humira for rheumatoid arthritis.