Sizemore Capital

Dividend Growth

  • Strategy ETFs / Funds
The Dividend Growth portfolio selects dividend-paying stocks that I believe will provide an attractive income over the next decade and beyond.

I believe a fundamental shift in investor preferences is occurring that favors income over growth. This is due, in part, to the aging of America’s Baby Boomers. At the same time, I see traditional income investments such as bonds and certificates of deposit currently offering unattractive yields that are quite low.
The Dividend Growth portfolio invests in shares of U.S. and international common stocks, real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), and other income-producing securities. The primary objective of the portfolio is to potentially generate a high and growing income stream that will outpace inflation over time. The secondary objective is to generate long-term capital gains.
I select investments that meet one or both of the following criteria:

1. They offer a high current yield relative to competing investments.

2. They provide income from the investment that has a long history of rising over time, or I believe that it has potential to rise going forward.

My research attempts to gauge the safety of the income stream. I seek to avoid positions where the risks outweigh the potential for high yields.
The Dividend Growth portfolio is concentrated among asset classes that have a history of rising income payouts. Those include dividend-paying stocks, real estate investment trusts, and master limited partnerships.  Other asset classes and investment vehicles (such as closed-end mutual funds or ETFs) may also be considered as valuations and market conditions warrant. My initial investment in a security typically will not exceed 5% of the total portfolio's value, though the allocation may rise above that threshold due to price movements over time.
I will sell holdings that no longer meet the strategy's criteria for dividend growth. Positions that I view as at risk of dividend reductions will be considered for sale. Additionally, positions that I view as overvalued or that no longer offer an attractive yield relative to alternatives will also be considered for sale.
I may buy a security that does not have a history of dividend payouts if my research leads me to believe that a payout will be initiated in the near future.

Portfolio Manager performance


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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 19.4%

    Best quarter

  • -8.8%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $20,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Portfolio Manager performance graph

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. Client account performance is displayed on the client dashboard.

Performance Portfolio inception March 29, 2012

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 1.7% 1.0%
Quarter-to-date 1.7% 1.0%
Last 365 Days 15.8% 14.1%
Since inception (Annualized) 11.4% 11.0%
2017 (YTD) 5.4% 6.6%
2016 26.0% 9.5%
2015 -11.3% -0.7%
2014 14.1% 11.4%
2013 23.2% 29.6%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of April 26, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 13.8% 9.9%
Sharpe Ratio 1.09 1.34
Sortino Ratio 1.44 1.77
Maximum Drawdown -11.3% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.2% -2.3%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.19
Alpha 0.8%
Beta 1.08
R-Squared 0.61


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Latest transactions Average trades per month 4.6

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
April 18, 2017 BX Blackstone Group LP/The Buy $29.55
April 18, 2017 NRE NorthStar Realty Europe Corp Buy $11.38
April 18, 2017 GME GameStop Corp Buy $22.68
March 14, 2017 OAK Oaktree Capital Group LLC Buy $43.95
March 14, 2017 NRE NorthStar Realty Europe Corp Buy $11.96
March 14, 2017 MAIN Main Street Capital Corp Buy $37.07
March 14, 2017 STO Statoil ASA Sell $16.79
March 14, 2017 STON StoneMor Partners LP Buy $9.11
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Important Information

  1. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and all investments, including those in this portfolio, involve the risk of loss, including loss of principal and a reduction in earnings.  
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  9. This portfolio uses short selling. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
  10. This portfolio uses borrowed funds or leverage to fund investments. Leverage indicates the level of margin utilized and is calculated by dividing gross exposure by portfolio net liquidation value. Leverage involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. Leverage increases both the amount you may lose and the amount you may make in a portfolio, leading to higher returns in the case of favorable market movements but also larger losses under adverse market conditions. You may also incur additional expenses associated with borrowing funds. You should only select a portfolio using leverage if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in using leverage.