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How to find the BEST dividend stocks for your portfolio

How to find the BEST dividend stocks for your portfolio


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Content & Disclaimer

This post will give you

•A step by step process for finding dividend stocks

•Ensuring that they are quality

•A long term plan for wealth


*This thread is not investment advice*


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Find The Stock

Find The Stock

Step 1

•Make a list of 8-10 dividend stocks that you are interested in buying

•This list should contain companies that you are familiar with or have heard of before

•Understanding how the company makes money is essential to begin the process


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Do Your Research

Do Your Research

Step 2

•As mentioned above, understand how the company makes money

•Research their industry, their business model, and who their competition is

•These are all basic searches and shouldn’t be hard to find


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More Research

More Research

Step 3

•Most major companies will have an “investors” tab somewhere on their website

•Find this page and see what it contains

•This page should have a lot of the information that you need to make informed decisions


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Calculate It

Calculate It

Step 4

•Do some math. There are a few basic formulas to analyze. I promise it’s nothing you can’t handle


-Dividend yield

-Dividend payout ratio

-Dividend growth rate

-Free Cash Flow payout


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Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield

Step 4 continued

•Dividend yield

This is simply a calculation of the yearly dividend divided by the stock price

A yield that is too low (


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Dividend Payout Ratio

Dividend Payout Ratio

Step 4 continued

•Dividend payout ratio

This tells us what % of net income is paid out in the form of dividends.

A healthy % to look for is 30% to 50%

This range indicates that the company is paying out a solid portion of their earnings but keeping cash on hand to grow

REITs are required to pay out 90% of their net earnings in the form of dividends so their payout ratio’s will look very high


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Dividend Growth Rate

Step 4 continued

•Dividend growth rate

This information can be found on multiple different sites including the investors page on the companies website

Historically I look for a 10 year dividend growth rate that is outpacing inflation

*This has become a challenge nowadays*


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Free Cash Flow Payout

Free Cash Flow Payout

Step 4 continued

•Free Cash Flow payout

This ratio is very similar to the dividend payout ratio but it uses free cash flow instead of net income

The formula is annual dividend per share dividend by free cash flow per share

I look for a number below 70%

FCF payout allows you to have a better economic outlook on the business because net earnings can cover up some business flaws


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Read More

Read More

Step 5

•We are done digging in and looking under the hood at some of the financial metrics

•The next step is to supplement your own research with some quick searches on a few of your favourite sites


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See Their Current Trend

See Their Current Trend

Step 6

•Look at the recent performance of the stock. Has it sold off lately? Is it at all time highs?

•Timing the market is not as important as time in the market but it helps to see how the stock performs during market cycles


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First Buy

Step 7

•You are ready to begin investing

Hopefully by now you have narrowed your selection down to some high quality dividend stocks

Start buying a few shares and get comfortable with the process

Remember, you are making a long term decision when you decide to buy


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Keep Updated

Keep Updated

Step 8

•Companies change and plans change

Keep up with the companies you own


-earnings reports

-news headlines

-industry info

Your investment research shouldn’t stop when you buy a stock, it should continue as long as you hold it


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A simple basic guide to find a good stock to invest. A thread from @HeroDividend on twitter.

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