The Strategic Dividend Growth portfolio typically invests in companies with increasing dividends that I believe offer a combination of an attractive yields at attractive prices. I make my decisions using a combination of metrics and my own research techniques.
I first use screens that help me to narrow down a list of research candidates based on dividends paid, earnings growth, and balance sheet metrics. Then I invest in the stocks that I believe are likely to pay sustainable dividends that may increase over time.
My screens help me identify stocks that are attractive based on dividend growth, earnings yield, current yield and other metrics. Additional research work screens out those companies that do not have strong franchises, and management teams -- ones that I believe are likely to continue paying dividends in the future. I also will consider macro events and trends in making final buy/sell and allocation weight decisions.
My portfolio typically holds about 50 positions. No one company typically makes up more than 5% of the portfolio. The portfolio will be somewhat diversified by industry group and sector, although sector weights will often differ from the S&P 500.
I typically will sell a stock if its dividend is cut or its dividend yield falls below the average yield for the S&P 500. I may also sell if my research suggests that the dividend payments cannot be sustained, or if I find another stock that I believe is a better investment. I may, however, hold onto a stock a little longer and/or slowly trim the position over time if it is rising strongly relative to the broad market.
During periods of recession the requirement for dividend growth will be slightly relaxed. International corporations that pay on irregular schedules and/or varying amounts will be held to the spirit of the rules laid out above. Quite often interim dividends vary in timing and amount; this will not cause the automatic ejection of a position.
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