The World's Best Dividend Portfolio

The latest news on these dividend dynamos.

Apr 24, 2014 at 12:19PM

In June 2011, I invested my money equally in a selection of 10 high-yield dividend stocks. With a year of success behind me, I added even more money to the portfolio in July 2012, and then more again in 2013. Those names offer triple the yield of the average S&P 500 stock. You can read all the details here. Now let's check out the results so far.


Cost Basis



Total Value








National Grid






Philip Morris International












Ryman Hospitality (NYSE:RHP)






Plum Creek Timber






Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE:BIP)






Seaspan (NYSE:SSW)






Retail Opportunity Investments






Annaly Preferred D






Gramercy Property Trust










Dividends Receivable




Original Investment




Total Portfolio




Investment in SPDR S&P 500

(including dividends)



Relative Performance

(percentage points)



Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's

The total portfolio is now up 28% after climbing 3.1 percentage points from the last report. We gained on the index by 2.2 percentage points and now lag by 12 points overall. The blended yield climbed to 5.3%. Dividends and dividends receivable continued to flow into the account, and there's plenty more on the way. As some of the highfliers and momentum stocks have been hit in recent weeks, our dividend stocks continue to move ahead. If the market encounters more difficulties, I expect that dividend stocks will outperform for us.

Even as the entire portfolio gained in value, the dividend yield also went up since the last report. Brookfield Infrastructure raised its latest dividend from $0.43 per share quarterly to $0.48 -- an 11.7% increase. That's the kind of bump I like to see. Seaspan also raised its dividend by 10% -- less than the 20% I had hoped for. While I'm disappointed in the increase there, it was still an increase, and as the company builds out its fleet, the dividend ship should keep on sailing.

And then Ryman recently bumped its dividend by a solid 10% to $0.55 per share quarterly. Ryman has performed very well in the last few months, and I think its stock remains an attractive investment. And Retail Opportunity Investments also notched its payout higher by a penny per quarter to $0.16. Yes, I love getting a raise on my investments.

With nearly $400 in accumulated dividends in the portfolio, I'm still considering how to redeploy that money. I'm also considering selling one stock and redeploying that into a stock with a high-single-digit yield and significant growth prospects. I'm also debating adding a double-digit yield to the portfolio.

So, keep reading these articles, and I'll let you know what the stocks are in the coming weeks.

Dividend announcements
Dividend news:

  • Extendicare goes ex-dividend on April 25 and pays out $0.0362 per share on May 15.
  • Seaspan went ex-dividend on April 16 and pays out $0.345 per share on April 30.

All that, of course, means more money coming into our pockets.

It's fun to sit back and get paid, and with the market volatility, we might have a good chance to reinvest those dividends at good prices. Europe continues to be an absolute mess, and continued bad news will likely have stocks plunging again -- and if they do, I'll be inclined to pick more shares up.

Foolish bottom line
I've been a fan of big dividends for a while, and I think this portfolio will outperform the market over time through the power of dividends. As I promised in the original article, I'll continue to track and report on the portfolio's progress, including news on these companies.

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Jim Royal owns shares of all 11 companies listed in the table. The Motley Fool owns shares of Extendicare, Gramercy Property Trust, Retail Opportunity Investments, Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Seaspan. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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