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Month: July 2016 (page 2 of 3)

2016 Dividend Aristocrats List: Dividend Stocks With 25+ Years Of Dividend Increases

Dividend Aristocrats: 25+ Years Of Consecutive Dividend Growth

Dividend Aristocrats are companies within the S&P 500 that have increased dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. Dividend Aristocrats can be found in many different sectors and they are all large cap, blue chip companies. They have maintained their dividend increases through adaptations in the market, a resilient business model and consistent earnings growth. These companies have done quite well against the overall market in terms of returns. These companies have proven extremely successful but they are not quite as illustrious as Dividend Kings.

Over the last 10 years the S&P 500’s annualized return has been 7.2%. Over the same time period the Dividend Aristocrats Index has return an annualized 10.2%. A full 3% higher than the market! Over this time period dividends have accounted for 31% of the markets total return.

This chart highlights the difference in total returns between Dividend Aristocrats and the S&P 500 from 1990-2014.

Blue chip dividend stocks are often recognized for Continue reading

2016 Dividend Kings List: Dividend Stocks With 50+ Years Of Dividend Increases

Dividend Kings Are The Ultimate In Dividend Stocks

Dividend Kings are companies that have increased their dividend for AT LEAST 50 consecutive years! That’s an amazing statistic to think about. A company must be extremely successful, resilient and basically timeless to pull of this incredible feat.

The slightly less impressive group with 25+ years of dividend increases is called Dividend Aristocrats.

There are currently 18 Dividend Kings:

American States Water (AWR)

Cincinnati Financial (CINF)

Colgate-Palmolive (CL)

Dover Corporation (DOV) Continue reading

June Update and Cash Flow

Overall, June was a good month for me. I bought a used car to replace the one I’m currently driving. It’s 10 years newer and much, much nicer than what I was driving before. Needless to say that was a large expense for June and largely affected my goals for the year so far.

Financial Goals

Increase annual dividend to $1,200. (90%)

At the end of June my annual dividends were $1,081.08. I’m getting closer!! I still have no doubt that I will reach my goal of $1,200 by the end of this year. I’m currently on track to pass this goal and I don’t see any reason why it won’t happen. I am just that much closer to making an average of 100 extra dollars per month that I would have never had before. I am still working on diversifying my portfolio a bit, my largest holdings are still a bit too large for me to be comfortable with. Here’s my current Dividend Portfolio.

Increase Net Worth by 50% (20%)

I regret to say that my net worth has actually dropped throughout the month of June. It dropped by about 2% which isn’t THAT terrible considering the money Continue reading

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