I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays so far. I’ve got about a week off from work and I’m really looking forward to some relaxing time with the family over the Holidays. On the theme of relaxing I thought I would write a cop-out article on my most popular posts in 2016 ;). This is an annual tradition for most bloggers, lol. So without further ado here they are…
Most Popular Page
The Canadian Dividend All-Star List is a free excel spreadsheet of Canadian companies that have recorded 5 or more years of consecutive dividend increases. The list is updated monthly, contains an abundance of stock information and is used by most as a screening tool for Canadian dividend growth stocks. This page gets more page views than my home page and continues to be the most popular part of my blog. When I first started this blog I thought about what I could do that would add real value to my readers and this was one of the ideas I had. At the time I used (and continue to use) David Fish’s US Dividend Champions list and found it really useful, so I created a similar Canadian spin on David’s list and the Canadian Dividend All-Star List was born.
Over time the list has continued to grow as I added more information. The big updates typically come at the end of the year so if you have suggestions now is the time to speak up . There is also an extra tab where other dividend paying stocks without the 5 year dividend streak can be added. There isn’t a set criteria for the Others tab, but generally I want the stock to be considered a dividend growth stock. I’d expect the company to have some dividend growth in its past and they shouldn’t have any recent dividend cuts. If you want any companies added to this “Others” tab reply to this post and I’ll consider it when I do my big annual update near the beginning of next year. Please submit your suggestions before December 31st.
2 Most Popular 2016 Articles
I went through all the stocks (89 in all) of the May 31, 2016 Canadian Dividend All-Star list + Bank of Montreal [TSE:BMO Trend] and found their lowest credit/debt rating from the four major rating agencies. If they weren’t rated by any of the ratings agencies I used financial strength ratios to determine their financial strength. Using this information I went through and identified stocks that were financially strong, which I consider to be a BBB+ or higher rating. Of the 89 stocks 47 passed.
After doing the research for the “Financially Strong Canadian Dividend Growth Stocks & Their Credit Ratings” article I discovered that there were 8 stocks without long term debt from the original list of 89, so I profiled each of these 8 stocks.
4 Most Popular Oldies, But Goodies (Not written in 2016)
In this 2014 article I talk about the advantages (Pros) and disadvantages (Cons) of a traditional DRIP with a SPP. I wanted it to be useful as a starting point for people getting interested in DRIPs, so I tried to include a lot of detail. This resulted in a very long post (over 5,000 words), but because you can jump between the summary and explanations readers still seem to find it useful.
The title says it best. In this 2015 article I went through the Canadian Dividend All-Star list and graded the companies based on high earnings growth and consistency. The results were 14 companies with consistently high earnings growth.
I wrote this article in 2013, but it’s still useful if you are looking for some US ideas. I used the US Dividend Champions list and Morningstar to identify US companies with a dividend streak of 5 or more years that also had a wide moat (sustainable competitive advantage) rating.
I started my investing journey into dividend growth stocks with dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs). In this 2014 article I go over some things that investors should consider before enrolling. DRIPs were a great starting point for me, but they aren’t for everyone, especially now that DIY trading costs for the average Joe have dropped substantially from 2014.
I still owe you an article on my $79.41 December 21, 2016 purchase of CVS Health Corporation [CVS: Trend], but that might not get posted until the New Year, so if I don’t talk to until then… Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
See you in 2017,