Dividend stock selections continue to be of interest in the light of continuing low interest rates limiting the returns from bonds. We have seen that not all high dividend stocks are good value however, and we are trawling through the many selections (over 60) we have reviewed to drill down to the best of the best and note the most commonly used. We have reviewed twenty five selections so far and have a leader board of four. In this group we see more of the dividend aristocrats that have been providing increasing dividends for decades. This is mixed in with some lesser known names that might offer brighter growth prospects for those that are willing to take on extra risk.
In this set of selections, Intel is referenced three times, Johnson and Johnson and Philip Morris twice. We also have a full list of the company names against the tickers at the end of the article.
We are keeping a tally of the most popular selections and the leader board is:
|Johnson and Johnson||6|
|Proctor and Gamble||4|
There are several companies mentioned twice but we will continue to prune the leader board to keep the list from being too long
Portfolio Performance Comparison
|1Yr AR||1Yr Sharpe||3Yr AR||3Yr Sharpe||5Yr AR||5Yr Sharpe|
|Dividend Aristocrats for 2012||0%||19%||112%||26%||162%||12%||57%|
|Dow Jones Dividend Leaders||3%||10%||56%||27%||152%||4%||14%|
|Dividends for the International Investor||9%||26%||138%||38%||204%|
|Fools 11 Incredible Dividend Stocks||7%||12%||61%||31%||166%|
|Small Stocks Packing Big Dividend Punch||4%||3%||13%|
Given that the dividend aristocrat selection comprises three stocks, the Sharpe ratios as well as the performance are strong. Admittedly they are treading water so far this year, but their long term performance and security is outstanding. It could be that if there is more desire for risk, they might move slowly in terms of growth, but you have the benefit of steady income. Similarly the Dow Jones dividend leaders have decent returns and reasonable risk properties. It is interesting that the smaller selection of the aristocrats beats out the more diversified selection in risk adjusted returns. The dividends for the international investor -- i.e. US companies with worldwide appeal is also interesting as it has strong results in both categories.
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I now add this set of selections into the leader board and determine what stays and what goes.
|Portfolio/Fund Name||1Yr AR||1Yr Sharpe||3Yr AR||3Yr Sharpe||5Yr AR||5Yr Sharpe|
|Dividend Aristocrats for 2012||19%||112%||26%||162%||12%||57%|
|Fools 5 Dividend Payers to Save your Portfolio||26%||172%||21%||137%||11%||55%|
|7 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts in February 2012||15%||45%||33%||108%||18%||49%|
|Dow Jones Dividend Leaders||10%||56%||27%||152%||4%||14%|
|Dividends for the International Investor||26%||138%||38%||204%|
|Fools 11 Incredible Dividend Stocks||12%||61%||31%||166%|
|3 Bargain Dividends Investors Should Buy Today||27%||150%||24%||135%|
|4 Special Dividend Plays||16%||59%||26%||98%|
Two selections make it in and we end up with a relatively strong set of performers both in terms of total and risk adjusted returns. The competition continues to stiffen and it will become increasingly more difficult to break into the leader board.
|BTI||British American Tobacco|
|JNJ||Johnson & Johnson|
|NHI||National Health Investors|
Additional disclosure: MyPlanIQ does not have any business relationship with the company or companies mentioned in this article. It does not set up their retirement plans. The performance data of portfolios mentioned above are obtained through historical simulation and are hypothetical.