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.



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Risk score

  • 19.4%

    Best quarter

  • -8.8%

    Worst quarter

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

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception Mar 29, 2012

as of Dec 02, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -0.4% -0.3%
Quarter-to-date -3.3% 1.1%
Last 365 Days 17.2% 6.9%
Since inception (Annualized) 10.5% 10.0%
2016 (YTD) 22.1% 7.2%
2015 -11.3% -0.7%
2014 14.1% 11.4%
2013 23.2% 29.6%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of Dec 02, 2016 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 20.4% 13.8%
Sharpe Ratio 0.82 0.47
Sortino Ratio 1.14 0.63
Maximum Drawdown -16.4% -12.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -4.7% -3.2%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 0.77
Alpha 9.3%
Beta 1.12
R-Squared 0.59


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Latest transactions Average trades per month 4.5

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
11/29/16 VER VEREIT Inc Buy $8.44
11/29/16 F Ford Motor Co Buy $11.97
11/29/16 SAN Banco Santander SA Sell $4.47
11/02/16 PSF Cohen & Steers Select Preferred and Income Fund Inc Sell $26.87
11/02/16 LDP Cohen & Steers Limited Duration Preferred and Income Fund Inc Sell $24.30
11/02/16 WY Weyerhaeuser Co Sell $28.89
11/02/16 TEF Telefonica SA Sell $9.96
11/02/16 OKE ONEOK Inc Sell $46.72
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