I've Invested $1.6 Million Into These 12 World-Beater Blue-Chip Bargains

Oct. 01, 2022 7:00 AM ETAMZN, BTI, CMI, ENB, ENB:CA, EPD, GOOG, LOW, MMP, MO, PM, TROW, VFC284 Comments

Summary

  • Bear markets can be a terrifying time for speculators. But for smart long-term, blue-chip investors, they may bring life-changing opportunities.
  • I've invested $1.6 million, 72% of my net worth, into my top 12 world-beater blue-chip bargain ideas.
  • I have bet my fortune and sacred honor on BTI, MMP, AMZN, PM, EPD, CMI, MO, VFC, GOOG, LOW, and TROW.
  • Together they yield a very safe 5.3%, have a 36-year dividend growth streak, A-credit rating, are growing 11.2%, and are expected to deliver 16.5% long-term returns, just as they have for the last 18 years.
  • They're 34% historically undervalued, trading at 12X earnings, and could deliver 31% annual returns through 2024, 3X more than the S&P 500. More importantly, they have generated 21% annual income growth for two decades, turning a 3.6% yield into a 60% inflation-adjusted yield on cost. If you want to retire in safety and splendor, world-beater ultra-yield and hyper-dividend growth is a tough strategy to beat.
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Deagreez

I know that bear markets can be a time of intense emotions for investors like us. Fear, doubt, excitement, and exhaustion are normal when stocks sell off big, as they've done in 2022.

In times of fear, uncertainty, and doubt, it's useful to step back and take a big-picture view.

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Charlie Bilello

We're starting the 10th month of this bear market, and so far the market has fallen 25%. That might feel like a long and brutal slog through market hell, but historically the median bear market involves a 32% decline over 11 months.

This is then followed by 13 months to recover to new record highs. While different risk factors cause every bear market, so far this one is on track for a historically average decline in the historically average time period.

  • Morgan Stanley expects a 30% to 38% bottom in six to 12 months
  • consistent with today's economic and market fundamentals
  • as well as market history

Several Dividend Kings members have asked me to explain some of my best tips for staying safe and sane during these turbulent times.

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Charlie Bilello

Because while a 4X market rally over the next decade is historically likely, and stocks are almost certainly going to be up three years from now, that's cold comfort when the market can fall 4% in a day and our beloved aristocrats can fall as much as 7% in a matter of hours.

So here are my two favorite tips for getting through these tough times, past what seems like market hell, to the glorious other side of the bear market valley.

Tip Number One: Time In The Market Makes You Rich, While Market Timing Puts Your Retirement Dreams In The Ditch

The dream of market timing is simple and beautiful. Avoid bear markets, including the market's single worst days.

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Bank of America

In theory, avoiding the worst single-day loss in stocks each year can increase your long-term returns by 214X.

But here's what actually happens. According to Bank of America, since 1930 99.84% of the market's long-term returns, an impressive 177X return were from the 90 single best market days.

Miss just 90 of the best days out of 21,252 (0.43% of market days), and instead of 17,715% returns you earned 28%.

  • adjusted for inflation a 94% loss over 92 years

80% of the market's best days, without which you can't retire rich...ever, happen within 2 weeks of the worst days.

Fortunes are made in bear markets" - Value investor Todd Sullivan

If you think you can sit out a bear market and buy back at the historical bottom, you are forgetting about market history and human psychology.

Think back to March 23, 2020, the Pandemic bottom. Stocks had just fallen 34% in a month, and doomsday prophets warned about a 60%, 70%, or even 90% market crash.

  • just as they've been doing for a decade

But at the market's bottom in 2020, which was the historically average bear market bottom, did you feel excited to be buying stocks?

Or did the doomsday prophets and their warnings of much larger crashes to come seem logical and smart?

Everyone says they want to buy stocks when they sell off big. Buffett's "greedy when others are fearful." But when stocks are down 25%, 30%, or 35%, it's because terror is rampant on Wall Street.

All past declines look like an opportunity, all future declines look like a risk." - Morgan Housel

When the market is selling off hardest, when the deals are greatest, and the blue-chip bargains are raining from the sky, you want to bend it like Buffett and buy, buy, buy. Even if it feels terrible in the moment, and everyone "knows" that stocks have to fall further.

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Ycharts

In October 2008 Buffett wrote "Buy American: I Am" in the NYT. He didn't say it was the bottom, just that world-class blue-chips were deeply undervalued and long-term investors would eventually be very glad they did.

He was right. Even though stocks crashed 31% more soon after he started buying blue-chips and told the rest of us too as well.

So here's how I manage my emotions to avoid the siren's song of market timing even in the most terrifying of market times.

Tip #2: Focus On Dividends, Not Stock Prices

I have spent seven years building my portfolio, saving 90% of my pre-tax income, and amassing a $2 million nest egg.

I'm earning close to $100,000 per year in dividends, growing at about 11% per year.

  • at the moment $30,000 per month in family medical bills is consuming all my dividends and discretionary savings

If I weren't dealing with several family medical crises at the moment, I'd be reinvesting that river of dividends into steadily more undervalued blue chips.

  • dividend reinvestment works best in bear markets

But even if you can't afford to save any of your dividends (many retirees can't) if you own world-beater blue-chips your dividends will grow exponentially over time.

  • this year's 11% dividend growth for my portfolio is higher than even the highest inflation in 41 years

What if you're not retired yet? Or if you can live off just a fraction of your post-tax dividends? Then you can profit from reinvesting your dividends and new savings at some of the best valuations in years.

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Vanguard

160 years of market data in the US, UK, and Australia shows that being fully invested all the time is optimal 70% of the time. During bear markets? It's almost 100% of the time.

  • the only reason to hold cash (outside of your emergency fund) is for psychosocial reasons
  • correction buckets keep you excited when stocks fall
  • the more they fall, the more you focus on buying larger amounts than your savings would normally allow

In fact, being fully invested all the time (as soon as you get new discretionary savings, you invest them) adds up to an extra 2.4% per year. Over 30 years, that's 2X the inflation-adjusted wealth compared to trying to buy only during bear markets.

Do you know what's great about blue-chip dividends? They always go up, no matter what the economy or stock market are doing

My Top 12 Holdings Annual Dividend Income Per $1,000 Initial Investment

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2007 and 2008 were 3 spin-offs from MO (Portfolio Visualizer Premium )

Had I owned what I do now, my top 12 companies would have turned a 3.6% yield in 2005 into a 93% yield on cost this year.

  • 21% annual income growth
  • 30% dividend growth in the Great Recession (S&P dividends -25%)
  • 45% dividend growth during the Pandemic (S&P dividends -2%)
  • 5% dividend growth consensus growth during the 2023 recession

Do you know what goes down in a bear market? Short-term stock prices.

Do you know what only goes up? World-beater blue-chip dividends and how many shares you own.

  • each share pays exponentially more dividends
  • buying exponentially more shares as prices fall
  • double-dividend compounding = why bear markets are wonderful for income investors

OK, so now that I've hopefully helped you stay calm, sane, and safe in this bear market, here are my Top 12 world-beater blue-chips that I've personally invested $1.6 million into.

The 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips I've Invested $1.6 Million Into

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(Source: Morningstar)

I own over 100 stocks in total, but 80% of my $2 million portfolio is concentrated in the 12 world-beater blue-chips I'm recommending today.

Portfolio Fundamentals

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(Source: Morningstar)

Schwab recommends US investors own 20% to 30% international stocks, and I'm right in the sweet spot.

  • 63% value
  • 24% growth
  • 13% core
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(Source: Morningstar)

I have a diversified portfolio prioritizing maximum long-term income.

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(Source: Morningstar)

I have exposure to every sector though I'm about 50% invested in pipelines and tobacco.

  • higher sector concentration than most people are comfortable

Total Return Fundamentals

  • yield: 4.8%
  • PE: 12.1
  • discount to fair value: 26%
  • long-term growth consensus: 11.1% CAGR
  • long-term consensus total return potential: 15.9% CAGR

You don't have to sacrifice yield for growth, not if you own the right combo of max yield and growth.

Long-term total returns tend to be a good conservative approximation of long-term income growth.

In fact, high-yield portfolios that reinvest their dividends and rebalance annually get an income growth boost.

What do I mean?

Total Returns Since September 2004 (Annual Rebalancing)

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(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

Analysts expect 16% long-term returns from my 12 top world-beater blue-chips, similar to the returns they've generated over the last 18 years.

They also expect about 13% long-term returns from the Nasdaq (which yields just 1%) similar to what the Nasdaq has delivered over the last two decades.

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(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

The last time my top 12 blue-chips were this undervalued, they delivered Buffett-like 20% annual returns over the next 15 years and 24% annual returns over the next 10 years.

  • 15X return over 15 years
  • 9X return over 10 years

Remember how the market after a bear market usually delivers 4X returns over 10 years? Remember how individual blue-chips can deliver 8X to 16X? Well, here's proof of that.

OK, so this is a pretty impressive portfolio that I've entrusted 90% of my life savings to.

But which 12 world-beater blue-chips have I invested $1.6 million into? Which ones are my top recommendations for new investors today?

12 World-Beater Blue-Chips I Trust With My Savings And So Can You

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(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

I've linked to articles exploring each company's investment thesis, growth prospects, risk profile, valuation, and total return potential. Here are my top 12 personal recommendations in order of what % of my portfolio they represent.

  1. British American Tobacco (BTI) - global aristocrat
  2. Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) - uses a K1 tax form
  3. Amazon (AMZN)
  4. Enbridge (ENB) - global aristocrat
  5. Philip Morris International (PM) - dividend king
  6. Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) - K1 tax form
  7. Cummins (CMI)
  8. Altria (MO) - dividend king
  9. V.F. Corp (VFC) - dividend king
  10. Alphabet (GOOG)
  11. Lowe's (LOW) - dividend king
  12. T. Rowe Price (TROW) - dividend aristocrat

Tax Implications

  • BTI has no tax withholdings as a UK company
  • but there is a small ADR fee that equals approximately 1% of the annual dividend
  • ENB is a CA company
  • 15% dividend tax withholding in taxable accounts only
  • none in retirement accounts
  • a tax credit is available for taxable accounts to recoup the withholdings
  • MMP and EPD are MLPs and use K1 tax forms
  • 5 Things All MLP Investors Need To Know

FAST Graphs Up Front

First, let's see what kind of returns the 8% undervalued S&P 500 offers 24% into a bear market.

S&P 500 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Analysts expect 14% annual returns or 35% in total through 2024.

  • very solid short-term return potential

S&P 500 2027 Consensus Total Return Potential

Year Upside Potential By End of That Year Consensus CAGR Return Potential By End of That Year Probability-Weighted Return (Annualized)

Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns

2027 65.29% 10.57% 7.93% 5.61%

(Source: DK S&P 500 Valuation & Total Return Tool)

Over the next five years, analysts expect 11% annual returns from the S&P 500, or 65% in total.

That's a solid return potential, but take a look at what my top 12 world-beater blue-chips offer.

British American Tobacco 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Magellan Midstream 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Amazon 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Enbridge 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Philip Morris 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Enterprise Products 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Cummins 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Altria 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

VF Corp 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Alphabet 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

Lowe's 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

T.Rowe Price 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

The S&P 500 offers about 14% annual return potential or 33% through 2024.

These world-beater blue-chip bargains offer 17% to 57% CAGR return potential.

  • 31% CAGR on average
  • Buffett-like return potential from blue-chip bargains hiding in plain sight
  • 84% total return potential through 2024
  • almost 3X that of the S&P 500

But my goal isn't to double my (or your) money in just over two years. The goal here is life-changing income and wealth over the long-term.

  • a potential 100X return over the next 30 years

Why Trust These Blue-Chips With My Savings And So Can You

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(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

These aren't just blue-chips; they are Ultra SWANs (sleep well at night) blue-chips. How can we know? By comparing them to the bluest of blue-chips, the dividend aristocrats.

Far Superior Buys Than The Dividend Aristocrats

Metric Dividend Aristocrats My Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips

Compared To Aristocrats

Quality 87% 89% 102%
Safety 90% 90% 100%
Average Recession Dividend Cut Risk 0.5% 0.5% 100%
Severe Recession Dividend Cut Risk 1.5% 1.5% 100%
Dependability 84% 87% 104%
Dividend Growth Streak (Years) 44.8 36.2 81%
Long-Term Risk Management Industry Percentile 67% Above-Average, Bordering On Good 68% Above-Average, Bordering On Good 101%
Average Credit Rating A- Stable A- Stable NA
Average Bankruptcy Risk 3.04% 3.09% 102%
Average Return On Capital 105% 154% 147%
Average ROC Industry Percentile 83% 80% 96%
13-Year Median ROC 89% 131% 147%
Forward PE 18.1 12.0 66%
Discount To Fair Value 11% 33% 300%
DK Rating Good Buy Very Strong Buy NA
Yield 2.8% 5.3% 189%
LT Growth Consensus 8.7% 11.2% 129%
Total Return Potential 11.5% 16.5% 144%
Risk-Adjusted Expected Return 7.8% 11.0% 141%
Inflation & Risk-Adjusted Expected Return 5.6% 8.8% 158%
Conservative Years To Double 13.0 8.2 63%
Average 125%

(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

These world-beater blue-chips match the aristocrats for safety, quality, dependability, and long-term risk-management, or even exceed them.

Their average dividend cut risk in a historically average recession is 0.5%.

Their average severe recession cut risk is 1.5%.

Their average dividend growth streak is 36 years, almost 2X the Ben Graham standard of excellence, and makes this a dividend aristocrat portfolio.

Joel Greenblatt, 40% CAGR returns for 21 years, considers return on capital his gold standard proxy for quality and moatiness.

  • return on capital = annual pre-tax income/the cost of running the business
  • S&P 500's 2021 ROC was 14.6%

The dividend aristocrats have delivered 105% returns on capital over the past year. These world-beater blue-chips 154%.

  • 47% higher than the dividend aristocrats
  • 11X that of the S&P 500

Their ROC industry percentile is 80%, wide moat blue-chips.

Their 13-year median ROC is 131%, confirming wide and stable or even improving moats.

S&P estimates their average 30-year bankruptcy risk at 3.09%, an average credit rating of A- stable.

And seven risk-rating agencies consider their long-term risk management in the 68th industry percentile, low risk, above-average, bordering on good risk management.

Long-Term Risk Management Is The 184th Best In The Master List (63rd Percentile)

Classification Average Consensus LT Risk-Management Industry Percentile

Risk-Management Rating

S&P Global (SPGI) #1 Risk Management In The Master List 94 Exceptional
Foreign Dividend Stocks 76

Good

Strong ESG Stocks 73

Good

Ultra SWANs 70 Good
My Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips 68 Above-Average, Bordering on Good
Low Volatility Stocks 68 Above-Average, Bordering on Good
Dividend Aristocrats 67 Above-Average, Bordering on Good
Dividend Kings 63 Above-Average
Master List average 62 Above-Average
Hyper-Growth stocks 61 Above-Average
Monthly Dividend Stocks 60 Above-Average
Dividend Champions 57 Average bordering on above-average

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

Their risk-management consensus is in the top 37% of the world's highest quality companies and similar to that of such other blue-chips as

  • Abbott Labs (ABT): Ultra SWAN dividend king
  • 3M (MMM): Ultra SWAN dividend king
  • Kimberly-Clark (KMB): Ultra SWAN dividend aristocrat
  • Stanley Black & Decker (SWK): Super SWAN dividend king
  • McCormick (MKC): Ultra SWAN dividend aristocrat

The bottom line is that all companies have risks, and these world-beater blue-chips are above-average, bordering on good, at managing theirs.

How We Monitor Their Risk Profiles

  • 315 analysts
  • 4 credit rating agencies
  • 9 total risk rating agencies
  • experts who collectively know this business better than anyone other than management
  • and the bond market for real-time fundamental risk assessment

When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?" - John Maynard Keynes

There are no sacred cows at iREIT or Dividend Kings. Wherever the fundamentals lead, we always follow. That's the essence of disciplined financial science, the math behind retiring rich and staying rich in retirement.

OK, so now that you know why I trust these world-beater blue-chips with $1.6 million of my savings, here's why you might want to buy some of them today.

Wonderful Companies At Wonderful Prices

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(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

For context, the dividend aristocrats trade at 18.1X forward earnings (11% historical discount) and the S&P 500 at 15.4 (an 8% historical discount).

These world-beater blue-chips trade at 12X earnings, a 33% historical discount.

  • the last time the S&P traded at 12X earnings was 2010, 12 years ago

Analysts expect these blue-chips to deliver 36% total returns within 12 months. Their fundamentally justified 12-month total return potential is 59%.

  • if they all grow as expected over the next year and return to historical mid-range market-determined fair value, you will make 59%

But my goal isn't to make 36% returns in 12 months or even 59% in a year.

My goal is to earn 100X returns over decades with some of the world's highest quality and safest world-beater blue-chips.

World-Beater Blue-Chips That Can Help You Retire In Safety And Splendor

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(Source: Dividend Kings Zen Research Terminal)

My top 12 world-beater blue-chips offer not just one of the safest 5.3% yields on earth but are growing at 11.2% CAGR. That means a 16.5% CAGR long-term return potential.

Investment Strategy Yield LT Consensus Growth LT Consensus Total Return Potential Long-Term Risk-Adjusted Expected Return Long-Term Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns Years To Double Your Inflation & Risk-Adjusted Wealth

10-Year Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Return

My Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips 5.3% 11.2% 16.5% 11.6% 9.3% 7.8 2.42
Schwab US Dividend Equity ETF 3.6% 8.80% 12.4% 8.7% 6.4% 11.3 1.86
Dividend Aristocrats 2.8% 8.7% 11.5% 8.1% 5.8% 12.5 1.75
S&P 500 1.8% 8.5% 10.3% 7.2% 4.9% 14.6 1.62
Nasdaq 0.9% 11.8% 12.7% 8.9% 6.6% 10.9 1.89

(Sources: DK Research Terminal, FactSet, Morningstar, Ycharts)

Analysts think my top 12 world-beater blue-chips could run circles around almost any popular investment strategy. Not just SCHD, the aristocrats, and the S&P 500 but also the Nasdaq.

Inflation-Adjusted Consensus Return Potential: $1,000 Initial Investment

Time Frame (Years) 8% CAGR Inflation-Adjusted S&P 500 Consensus 9.2% Inflation-Adjusted Dividend Aristocrats Consensus 14.2% CAGR Inflation-Adjusted Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips Consensus Difference Between Inflation-Adjusted Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips Consensus And S&P Consensus
5 $1,470.01 $1,553.50 $1,943.21 $389.71
10 $2,160.92 $2,413.37 $3,776.08 $1,362.71
15 $3,176.58 $3,749.18 $7,337.73 $3,588.56
20 $4,669.60 $5,824.36 $14,258.79 $8,434.43
25 $6,864.35 $9,048.16 $27,707.88 $18,659.72
30 (retirement time frame) $10,090.65 $14,056.34 $53,842.34 $39,786.00
35 $14,833.34 $21,836.56 $104,627.20 $82,790.64
40 $21,805.13 $33,923.16 $203,313.05 $169,389.89
45 $32,053.72 $52,699.72 $395,080.80 $342,381.07
50 $47,119.24 $81,869.16 $767,726.58 $685,857.42
55 $69,265.69 $127,183.97 $1,491,857.13 $1,364,673.16
60 (investing lifetime) $101,821.14 $197,580.66 $2,898,997.84 $2,701,417.18
100 (institutional time horizon, multi-generation wealth, philanthropy timeline) $2,220,223.05 $6,702,560.00 $589,404,101.15 $582,701,541.15

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet)

Analysts think these world-beater blue-chips could deliver nearly 100X returns over the next 30 years, or 53X adjusted for inflation.

Over an investing lifetime, they could deliver nearly 3,000X returns.

My goal is to turn my portfolio into a charitable trust, which is why the 100-year potential for 589,000X returns is rather appealing.

  • my charity has the goal of eventually eliminating poverty, and disease, and bringing education/job training to all humans in the solar system
  • it's designed to run for 10,000 years, which is how long I estimate its goals will take
Time Frame (Years) Ratio Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips Consensus/Aristocrat Consensus Ratio Inflation And Inflation-Adjusted Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips Consensus vs. S&P consensus
5 1.25 1.32
10 1.56 1.75
15 1.96 2.31
20 2.45 3.05
25 3.06 4.04
30 3.83 5.34
35 4.79 7.05
40 5.99 9.32
45 7.50 12.33
50 9.38 16.29
55 11.73 21.54
60 14.67 28.47
100 87.94 265.47

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet)

This kind of strong compounding, nearly doubling in real terms every five years, can deliver life and world-changing wealth over time.

What evidence is there that these world-beater blue-chips can deliver anything close to 16.5% CAGR long-term returns.

Historical Returns Since September 2004

The future doesn't repeat, but it often rhymes. - Mark Twain

In our case, "past performance is no guarantee of future results."

Still, studies show that blue chips with relatively stable fundamentals offer predictable returns based on yield, growth, and valuation mean reversion over time.

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Bank of America

We've already seen how my top 12 world-beater blue chips have run circles around the Nasdaq and S&P for the last 18 years.

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(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

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(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

They've delivered returns similar to what analysts expect in the future.

But guess what else they've been able to do? Deliver amazing returns, safe and growing income, and with lower volatility during market crashes.

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(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

During the Great Recession, they fell just 36%, not much more than a 60/40's 32%.

In the 2022 bear market, their peak decline was 17.5%.

  • S&P 500 -25%
  • Nasdaq -34%
  • 60/40 -20%

And let's not forget the ultimate goal of my portfolio, maximizing long-term income over time (to donate to charity).

  • donate 5% of the portfolio each year
  • a sum that will grow exponentially over time for centuries and millennia
  • until I help bring about the Star Trek utopia we all deserve

Income Growth That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed

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2007 and 2008 were 3 MO spin-offs ((Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium))

You've already seen how my top 12 world-beater blue chips have delivered incredible 21% annual income growth over time. But here's what that kind of dividend hyper-compounding can do over time.

Cumulative Dividends Since 2005 (Per $1,000 Initial Investment)

Metric S&P 500 Nasdaq My Top 12 World-Beater Blue-Chips
Total Dividends $781 $537 $5,275
Total Inflation-Adjusted Dividends $503.87 $346.45 $3,403.23
Annualized Income Growth Rate 8.2% 17.8% 21.1%
Total Income/Initial Investment % 0.78 0.54 5.28
Inflation-Adjusted Income/Initial Investment % 0.50 0.35 3.40
More Inflation-Adjusted Income Than Altria NA 0.69 6.75
Starting Yield 2.0% 0.4% 3.6%
Today's Annual Dividend Return On Your Starting Investment (Yield On Cost) 7.6% 6.5% 93.2%
2022 Inflation-Adjusted Annual Dividend Return On Your Starting Investment (Inflation-Adjusted Yield On Cost) 4.9% 4.2% 60.1%

(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

Over the last 17 years, the S&P has delivered 8% annual income growth, the Nasdaq 18%, and my top 12 world-beaters 21%.

The S&P has repaid half your investment in inflation-adjusted dividends while the Nasdaq 35%. My top 12 world-beaters have repaid your initial investment 3.4X.

The 3.6% yield is now a 60% inflation-adjusted yield on cost and still growing exponentially at a rate of over 11% per year.

The Nasdaq is the best dividend growth ETF in history but can't hold a candle to the incredible power of world-beating yield + hyper-growth in my portfolio.

Bottom Line: I Trust These World-Beater Blue-Chip Bargains, And So Can You

The 2022 bear market might end tomorrow, or it could take until the end of 2023. Are we headed for a recession?

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Source: Dividend Kings S&P 500 Valuation Tool, New York Federal Reserve, CNBC

The bond market estimates a nearly 60% chance that we will get a mild recession by the end of November 2023.

Then again, in the 40% chance we avoid recession, falling long-term interest rates and the 25% bear market we've already had might mean stocks could bottom a lot faster than many investors think.

I can't tell you when the bear market will end. In the short term, luck is 33X as powerful as fundamentals. But in the long term, fundamentals are 33X as powerful as luck. And here's what I can say with high confidence about my top 12 world-beaters: BTI, MMP, AMZN, ENB, PM, EPD, CMI, MO, VFC, GOOG, LOW, and TROW.

  • 5.3% very safe yield (1.5% average severe recession cut risk)
  • average credit rating A- stable (3.09% 30-year bankruptcy risk)
  • 34% historically undervalued (potential very strong buy, 1% above Ultra-Value Buffett-style "fat pitch" table-pounding buy)
  • PE of 12.0
  • 11.2% CAGR consensus long-term growth
  • 16.5% CAGR long-term total return potential (similar to the 17% CAGR they've delivered over the last 18 years)
  • 21% CAGR annual income growth over the last 17 years (3.6% yield to 60% inflation-adjusted yield on cost)

How worried am I about having 80% of my $2 million invested in these top 12 world-beater blue-chip bargains? I'm sleeping very well at night, knowing my hard-earned savings are in safe hands, protected by fortress balance sheets, and being managed by world-class risk managers.

Whether the bear market just ended or we have another 20% more to fall won't matter to long-term investors able to look beyond the next year or two.

If you're tired of praying for luck on Wall Street, why not try making your own?

If you're losing sleep over interest rates, inflation, and the Fed, it's time to try some Ultra-SWAN ultra-yield hyper-dividend growth.

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Adam Galas is a co-founder of Wide Moat Research ("WMR"), a subscription-based publisher of financial information, serving over 5,000 investors around the world. WMR has a team of experienced multi-disciplined analysts covering all dividend categories, including REITs, MLPs, BDCs, and traditional C-Corps.


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My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams and enrich their lives.


With 24 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and safe and dependable income streams in all economic and market conditions.


Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of BTI, MMP, AMZN, ENB, PM, EPD, CMI, MO, VFC, GOOG, LOW, TROW either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: Dividend Kings owns BTI, MMP, AMZN, ENB, PM, EPD, CMI, MO, VFC, GOOG, LOW, and TROW in our portfolios.

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