Retired Jan. '12 so I'm focused on a paycheck replacement income stream that will grow at least 3.5% annually. Our IRAs and 401k were converted from mutual funds to div stocks starting Aug. '10. We needed a 5% withdrawal at retirement, so that cut out the MCD and KO type DGR stocks. Portfolio consists of 23 equally weighted positions, originally 3 debt funds and the rest dividend stocks. The portfolio targets are simple: increase both distributions and "paycheck" withdrawals by 3.5% annually. (There is also a soft target to increase the portfolio value by 3.5% annually, but a lot of year-to-year fluctuation is expected.) The "paycheck" withdrawal plus social security, is more than adequate to our needs. Before long I tired of tracking each of the individual stocks, reviewing their financials, and trying to figure out if their price fluctuations were signs of serious problems, normal market fluctuations, or shorts playing their games. Also, not something my spouse is prepared to do when I am no longer able. Recently converted many individual stocks to carefully selected CEF funds, mostly those that have recovered, or on track to recover, their NAVs and dividends following the Great Recession. They are easier to monitor. Several have increasing dividends. Current portfolio: PDI, JRO, GOF, ETO, ETY, JCE, JTD, GEQ, BUI, UTF, KYN, RQI, STAG, OHI, IVR, MCC, TAL, THQ, and AAPL. Recently added a small position in FPF. A few double positions (KYN, AAPL), but no more than 20% in any sector. The KYN replaced a double position in KMR after the KMI consolidation announcement due to the future income reduction. The double AAPL position is historical, left over from when I worked there. Like it too much to reduce it. TAL will likely be replaced with a CEF when prices/discounts look good. The REITs will be kept as I find no suitable REIT CEFs. That will leave only two high-yield stock positionss to monitor, IVR, MCC, which will also be replaced with fixed income CEFs in time. Although there is significantly more dividend risk than a typical CCC-style DGR portfolio, the current dividend/distribution income (8+%) exceeds the paycheck withdrawal by 1/2, giving a 33% cushion to potential distribution cuts. That cushion is backed by a cash reserve equal to at least 18 months of withdrawals that could be used to supplement distributions if they fall below withdrawals. This would have been adequate to traverse the 2008 recession and recovery. In the absence of huge dividend cuts, excess distributions are reinvested, as needed, to meet the distribution growth target. Excess beyond that can be taken as an annual bonus and added to the cash reserve which can be skimmed for large expenses: travel, home remodeling, new car, contributions to grandkids college funds, etc. Many thanks to SA authors David Fish, David Van Knapp, Brad Thomas, BDCBuzz, Left Banker, and Doug Albo for their education and advice; to Regarded Solutions, Five Plus, and Miz Magic DiviDogs for their enjoyable prose and good sense; to Jeff Miller for his weekly market sanity; to the multitude of SA readers that take the time to intelligently comment; and special thanks to Chuck Carnevale for F.A.S.T. and his level-headed approach to valuation. I couldn't do this without each of you.
Independent investor, involved largely in energy sector after a long history of investing in biotech.Given energy balance and time to market, the energy sector is much more attractive at this stage of things.
A mid -life investor , investing in stocks since October 2014, in Taxable, and 401ks. DGI remains the core, with ever larger forays into Income Growth/High Yield Rental Real Estate, Smaller Local Bank plays CURRENT HOLDINGS: Banks : Canadian: BNS BMO CM TD RY Australian : ANZBY NABZY WBK HSBC Insurance : AEG AFL BCRH TRV Money Managers: BEN ROW Alternatives: BX Reits: Healthcare: HCP OHI VTR SBRA MPW SNH Triple Nets: O WPC LXP CORR SRC Industrial: STAG DLR Apartments: IRT WSR GOV Canadian REITs : Integrated: Artis Retrocom Northern Property BTB Office- Dream-Office, Dream Global Cominar Industrial- Dream industrial Hospitality: American Hotel income Properties Temple Hotels Healthcare: Northwest , Medical Facilities ( DR.UN) Real Estate Services: BRE Utilities : SO NGG PPL D BUI DPG UTF mREITs : MORL, REM, EFC, AI NRZ Commerical mREITs: STWD BXMT BDC: HTGC BDCL Healthcare: AZN ABBV AMGN BAX BXLT CELG GILD GSK JNJ Integrated Oil: BP CVX OXY RDS-B STO TOT XOM MLPs: MLPL AMZA KMI OKE WMB SE Upstream : VNR LNCO MEMP COP Midstream: EPD ETP OKS Downstream: NTI CVRR CLMT Misc. MLPs : ARLP CCLP HCLP UAN Oil filed Services : HP NOV ESV SDRL NADL Canadian Oils: PGH CPG SU HSE Canadian Midstreams: ENB IPL PBA VET Agriculture: AGGZM CEFs : CEFL DVHL Equity: JGV AOD Option/ROC CEFs: BXMX DIAX QQQX ETY Floating Rate: EFF PFN Real Estate : IGR PGZ AWP Fixed Income : PCI Utilities/Infrastructure BUI UTF DPG IFN Preferreds: JPS JPC DFP Microcaps: RVT Healthcare: THQ GRX Option/ROC CEFs : JGV, DIAX, BXMX, QQQX, ETY TAL, TGH Technology: AAPL MSFT QCOM HTGC INTC STK Transports: CHRW GBX Rails: CNI NSC UNP Shipping /LNG: DLNG CPLP GMLP SFL NMM KNOP Containers: TAL TGH SSW Retail: TJX WFM WMT COST Infrastructure: BIP BEP INF Industrials: CAT CMI DOV EMR GE MMM BA LMT Commodities: BBL SOUHY POT Consumer/Discretionary : PM KO PEP PG UL GIS HSY NSRGY KHZ DIS NKE MCD YUM MAT HAS LVS DEO Telecoms: T VZ BCE Small caps : STB TIS JMP FXL.AX ETFs: SDIV DWX Muni CEFs: BTA VKQ VGM NQM NIO MHI Misc: AGNC-B
Dividend Growth Investor since 2011.
In July 2013 we moved from a managed account with a mutual fund, stock and bond portfolio to our own Dividend Growth portfolio. I am still evaluating the current portfolio holdings as they fit in our DGI "Plan".
Update: June 2015 I am now fully retired and am following our plan for life long financial independence. Retirement and financial independence are two different life goals and as such should be treated differently. Now when I check our discount brokerage account I now look at the cash being generated rather than the total value. This income generating plan seems to be working just fine as dividends are being used to support our day to day life. We currently have a 4.1% yield, 4.4% YOC and 6% dividend CAGR.
My Father was a DGI for over 70 years and my parents lived off the dividends for over 30+ years showing me the way forward.
I continue to read S/A articles daily and am still learning from the many dedicated authors.
I volunteer my time to our High School First Robotics Team. It is amazing what these students can do over the 6 week build season.
There are certain stocks I will not buy and I like to have stocks of products we use. For example when we pay for gas the dividends from XOM, CVX and COP pays the bill and BCE, RCI and VZ pay for phone and internet. You get the idea. If there was only a good dividend vacation stock... Maybe CNK.
I am long on the following: Comments welcome on my holdings.
Info Technology; AAPL, CSCO, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT, WU
Telecommunications; BCE, RCI, T, VZ
Financials; AFL, BRK-B, CB, PRU, TMP, USB, ORI
Industrials; CHRW, CSX, DE, EMR, GE, IBM, MMM,
Consumer Discretionary; CNK, DRI, LEG, MCD, SJR
Consumer Staples; CPB, KMB, KRFT, PEP, SYY, PG
Energy; COP, CVX, XOM, RDS.B, KMI, HP
Healthcare; JNJ, MDT, MRK, PFE, SNY
Utilities; D, DUK, PPL, SO, WEC, XEL, SCG
REITs; DLR, HCP, KIM, O, OHI, VTR, WPC, NNN
MLPs; SXL, ARLP, PAA
BDCs; MAIN, PSEC**
CEFs; GOF**' NIO** DMO**
* Being evaluated for sale and reinvestment.
** Speculative 1/3 positions
Oct2013 - Bought DLR on the dip hoping for a bounce.
Oct2013 - Sold EXC at a loss and bought XEL. EXC (left over from my adviser)
Jan2014 - Added ARLP to my wife's IRA, TGH and KRFT to taxable account on Jan dip
Jan2014 - Added VTR by taking the profits from WLP and STJ (left over from my adviser)
Feb 2014 - Added T on a dip at 32 ( I wanted this stock for many years and finally pulled the trigger.)
July 2014 - Sold LOW and AMAT, took profits and added to my SO holding in taxable account.
Sept 2014 - Sold TSCDY and VDC in our taxable account.
Sept 2014 - Sold VDC in my trad IRA and added HCP.
Oct 2014 - bought more XOM on the recent dip.
Dec2014 - bought more CVX and T on the recent dip.
Sold TGH, IBM at slight loss
Dec2014 - will transfer 50% of my 401k to trad. IRA. Let the buying commence.
March 2015 - All 401k money has been transferred to TIRA
Since Jan 1 2015 I have added to the following positions on limit orders to maximize value.
DUK, VZ, O, RDS.B, CVX, EMR, JNJ, VTR, WPC, OHI, HCP, DLR, PEP, T, KMB, RCI, PPL, GE
SCG, MAIN, NNN, PG, PAA, HP, NNN, ORI, (PSEC, NIO)**
Purchased KMI, KO, UTG, JNJ, MAIN and GILD on the Aug 24th "Flash Crash". Great bargains!
Dec 2015 sold BRK-B and WU at a gain to offset the KMI loss.
Jan 2016, Added my TGT, MMM, EMR and SCHD for my wifes IRA.
Bob is retired from a career in law enforcement including more than 20 years as an instructor of Investigative Interviewing. He is a Dividend Growth investor using dividend yield from low beta stocks for income and preservation of capital. Bob has self managed his portfolio since early in 2011. He hopes to encourage discussion among those already in retirement and receiving income from their portfolios.
My curent portfolio is available here:
I believe that everyone needs a portfolio business plan.
Here's a copy of ours:: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2426965-our-retirement-portfolio-business-plan-legacy-edition-part-two
A list of Dividend Growth Safety Superstars for the past decade is available here: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2255863-a-review-of-the-dividend-safety-superstars