Focus On Dividend Growth

Years of doing research, reading academic studies and working on portfolios (including mine) brought me to this set of rules that enables me to simplify my investing process.

Principle 2 – Focus on Dividend Growth. Why? Because Dividend Growth Stocks beat the market most of the time and represent your best protection against market drops!

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00:00 Mike Heroux: Hey, fellow investors, this is Mike Heroux, from Dividends Stocks Rocks. Welcome to Part Two of my Dividend Growth Investing Principles. The second one is probably the most important principles across my whole investment methodology, it is focused on dividend growth. Why is it that important? Because, first, dividend growth stocks beat the market most of the time. And I didn’t make that up, I didn’t invent that up. If you Google researches about dividend growers versus the rest of the market, you will find, notably, Ned Davis Research has done plenty of work on that. Most of the time, dividend growers or initiators, meaning companies that are growing their dividends year after year or that have started to pay dividend to their shareholders will beat the market over time. And when you think about it, it’s only common sense.

01:04 MH: Second of all, dividend growth stocks is probably your best protection against any kind of market. When you think about it, you hold your shares, the market goes up, the market goes down, there’s absolutely nothing you can do. So if the market like in 2018 drop by 10%, but you’re receiving 4% in dividend, this means that your overall return is -6, instead of -10. So it will help you to smoother the bad years, and on top of that, dividend growers will still do well during good times. So while you’re minimizing your losses during bear market or corrections, you’re also make sure that you’re doing some good returns over the bull run.

01:52 MH: And what kind of message a company gives you, one that says, “You know what, Mike? We’re going to increase our dividend payment this year.” And when you look at the market and the market is down, the economy is slowing, and unemployment rate rises, but the company keeps telling you, “Mike, this year again, we’re going to pay you more for being part of our company.” This tell you a strong message, and that message is, “Mike, we are making money.” And as an investor, the first thing I wanna do is put my money into money-making machine, right? So I wanna make sure that I select companies that are actually making money and more money year after year. And one of the best criteria to look at is dividend growth for that very same reason, because if the dividend is growing year after year, this means that the rest of the company is doing well and improving.

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Barry Hochhauser 2 years ago Member's comment

@[The Dividend Guy](user:22211), is that you in the video or someone else?

The Dividend Guy 2 years ago Author's comment

Hello Barry,

I had completely forget to update my profile at Talk Markets. yes, it's me in the video.


Barry Hochhauser 2 years ago Member's comment

Thanks for the clarification! Always wondering who you were :)

The Dividend Guy 2 years ago Author's comment

hahaha! Yeah, it was a bit complicated when I was a private banker at the same time of running my websites. Now that I'm a full-time online entrepreneur, I can "be myself" :-)