I am a self-directed Dividend Growth Investor with a focus on total returns. I utilize a barbell approach to portfolio building that emphasizes classic higher yielding, but slower growing blue-chip dividend aristocrats on one end, and faster growing, but lower yielding stocks with high-dividend growth rates on the other end. This diversity gives my portfolios both a higher yield than the S&P 500, and has generated greater capital gains (thus greater total returns). No matter what stock I buy, I always look for high-quality companies with strong credit ratings and those that have adequate earnings and free-cash flow to cover their dividend, and have room to continue raising the dividend in the future. I am a buy-and-hold, value investor. I believe that most investors do not have enough patience and tend to sell their stocks too quickly if they do not see gains within a few quarters. Once I buy a stock, my holding period is years (preferably forever, but it is important to monitor a company's fundamentals regularly). Over time, I have noticed that my biggest investing mistakes have not been in buying stocks, but in selling stocks. Some of the biggest gains I've seen are in stocks that I've previously sold. But these mistakes have taught me to have patience, and my stock portfolios have consistently beaten the S&P 500 with greater risk-adjusted returns. My complete portfolio currently consists of the following stocks: AbbVie Inc (ABBV) Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Comcast (CMSCA) Chevron Corporation (CVX) Diageo Plc (DEO) Emerson Electric Co (EMR) Hanesbrands (HBI) The Home Depot (HD) General Mills (GIS)Gramercy Properties Trust (GPT) Intel Corporation (INTC) The Coca-Cola Company (KO) The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) McCormick & Company (MKC) Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ) Altria Group Inc (MO) Norfolk Southern Company (NSC) Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) Philip Morris International (PM) Proctor & Gamble (PG) Starbucks (SBUX) The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX) Union Pacific Corporation (UNP) VEREIT (VER) The Walt Disney Company (DIS) Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) Williams Companies (WMB) I also hold the following mutual funds and ETFs in various accounts: Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund (VDIGX) Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTSAX) Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund Admiral Shares (VBTLX) Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund (VFIAX) Vanguard FTSE All-World Ex-U.S. Index Fund (VFWAX) Vanguard Intermediate Term Municipal Bond Fund (VWIUX) Vanguard Windsor II Fund Admiral Shares (VWNAX) Vanguard Wellington Fund (VWENX) Janus Triton Fund (JANIX)
Forever Portfolio(17 stocks; 15 dividend stocks):
GILD (Gilead Sciences, Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> We are inspired by the opportunity to address unmet medical needs for patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world.
V (Visa Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> It's everywhere you want to be.
MO (Altria Group, Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> You get a lot to like.
SBUX (Starbucks Corporation) ***Dividend Stock***
>> To inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.
PM (Philip Morris International, Inc) ***Dividend Stock***
>> You get a lot to like.
ABBV (AbbVie Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> People. Passion. Possibilities.
MCD (McDonald's Corporation) ***Dividend Stock***
>> I'm loving it.
HD (Home Depot, Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> More saving. More doing.
CELG (Celgene Corporation)
>> Committed to improving the lives of patients worldwide.
CHD (Church and Dwight, Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> brought you many products for home goods, personal care, health, and global consumer products all around the world.
NKE (Nike, Inc.) ***Dividend Stock***
>> Just do it.
XOM (Exxon Mobil Corporation) ***Dividend Stock***
>> Taking on the world's toughest energy challenges.
MA (Mastercard) ***Dividend Stock***
>> There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard.
DNKN (Dunkin's Brand) ***Dividend Stock***
>> America Runs On Dunkin.
ABT(Abbott Laboratories) ***Dividend Stock***
>> Be the world's premier health care company.
SYY(Sysco Corporation) ***Dividend STOCK***
>> Good things come from Sysco.
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.)
>> The future is fusion
Engineering background with interesting in optimzation and operations research. Love investing and want to learn more. Investing style is more growth and income with the long term goal to have a six figure income stream from dividend investing.Trade infrequently or whenever there are good buying opportunity....used bond funds as place holders until cash is needed,.
Dividend growth investor. Buy and hold as long as the dividend continues to grow and the company remains healthy and profitable. Will accept short term downtrends but always monitoring for a deterioration of the story. Have thirty six positions of mostly blue chip stocks that I will hopefully ride to my grave then pass on to my beautiful children