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  • Dividend Growth All Stars: 20 Dividend Stocks That Will Keep Your Income Growing (Part 2) [View article]
    Hi dedugan - Thanks for reading the series. This is a newly launched ranking system and we are in the process of backtesting it. That said, others have tested similar multi-factor models in the past with much success. If you haven't read What Works On Wall Street (by O'Shaughnnessy), you should pick up a copy...he backtested alot of the factors that we use in our ranking system.

    Aside from positive historical performance, what is truly valuable about our ranking system is that it gives a great snapshot of all the key metrics that we look for in a dividend stock. In addition, our 4 rating categories (Dividend, Safety, Value, and Momentum) help us pinpoint where a stock's true strengths and weaknesses are.
    May 19, 2015. 11:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth All Stars: 20 Dividend Stocks That Will Keep Your Income Growing (Part 2) [View article]
    bg6638 - Yes...it is just a better buy now! WMT has a very low payout ratio and their dividend is safe. Dividend investors need to take advantage of company specific pullbacks like this as it offers the opportunity to buy great stocks at good prices...
    May 19, 2015. 11:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    Thanks for the kind comments, constable! We really appreciate your feedback and are glad you are finding value in our premium subscription.
    May 19, 2015. 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth All Stars: 20 Dividend Stocks That Will Keep Your Income Growing (Part 1) [View article]
    Amen, clam! Thanks for the comment...
    May 19, 2015. 09:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth All Stars: 20 Dividend Stocks That Will Keep Your Income Growing (Part 1) [View article]
    zgb952 - Agree and disagree with your comment. All else being equal, declining payout ratios are nice...but sometimes that means that the company isn't increasing its payout enough! We only worry about rising payout ratios when they are north of 65 or 70%. There are some great companies (like RTN in this article) that go through earnings cycles...but still have significant dividend growth potential. For these types of companies, a modest payout ratio (under 50%) provides a buffer to earnings declines in a recession (and still allows the company to raise its dividend).

    There is also nothing wrong with a company with more stable earnings growth to aggressively boost dividends until their payout ratio increases to a certain base level. Nothing worse than a stock sitting on a 20-30% payout ratio for no reason...
    May 18, 2015. 03:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    Thanks for the comments, divmonster!
    May 18, 2015. 01:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    Thanks for following, aterosin! You are not alone. The Options Industry Council is where we direct anyone wanting to learn more. Tons of FREE information and tutorials on their website! Good luck!
    May 18, 2015. 01:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    hahaha48 - There is actually quite a bit of margin in a covered call strategy. In fact, you can often generate in excess of 100% of the annual dividend yield in a fraction of the time...and you often times still get to keep the dividend as well!
    May 18, 2015. 01:47 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    Thanks for your thoughtful replies and feedback, Jeff. We are always happy to hear from satisfied customers!
    May 18, 2015. 01:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors Should Take Cover [View article]
    Agreed, Jim. CC's are great in overbought territory...
    May 18, 2015. 01:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 3% Club: 20 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 5) [View article]
    Thanks, strelnikovp. Appreciate the feedback!
    May 15, 2015. 02:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 3% Club: 20 Non-REIT, Non-MLP Dividend Stocks Yielding Over 3% (Part 5) [View article]
    peterad - Thanks for the comment as it helps justify the value of a quantitative ranking system.

    Our Safety Rating measures a stock’s overall financial health by analyzing 10 different financial and profitability metrics. All else being equal, companies with stable revenues, earnings and cash flow and strong balance sheets tend to be safer investments.

    There is no random selection here. The beauty of a quantitative model is that it is based on facts...not perception. While you may perceive that JNJ should have a higher rating, the facts don't lie. That said, JNJ's Safety Rating of 85 is actually quite good...its in the the top 15 percentile of all the dividend stocks in our universe. In addition, its blended Dividend, Safety and Value rating ranks the stock in the Top 3 in our universe of stocks yielding over 3% (as highlighted in this article).

    We appreciate the fact that you may not agree with the various stock ratings on the surface, but it is unfair for you to criticize the system without looking into the data points from which they are derived. You might actually be surprised about what the data actually says...
    May 15, 2015. 12:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Correction 2015: Are You Prepared? [View article]
    also a good strategy...
    May 7, 2015. 06:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The All-Defensive Team: 20 Safe Dividend Stocks For An Uncertain Market (Part 2) [View article]
    gkom - Good comment which requires some clarification on our part. The All-Defensive Team is not meant to be a diversified portfolio in itself, but its a great list from which investors can choose a few defensive stocks for their own portfolio. Of the 20 stocks on this quarter's (Q2 2015) team, 15 are from the three main "defensive" sectors (7 Consumer Staples, 6 Utilities, and 2 Healthcare).
    May 3, 2015. 09:54 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Pick The Best Dividend Stocks (Part 1): Setting Up The Initial Screen [View article]
    Our view is that the momentum indicator can help investors spot and avoid the "value traps" - while we are not technicians we do think that investors can effectively utilize basic technical analysis in their investment decisions.
    Apr 27, 2015. 08:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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