Utility sector dividend stocks – first purchase in September

The US markets are closed on Monday due to Labor Day, so I had to set Sharebuilder yesterday on Friday to meet the automatic trade timing. This week, Utilities is the lowest weighted sector in my dividend stock Portfolio. The last purchase I made in his sector was back in June when I purchased LNT.
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Healthcare dividend stocks – my purchase in August

The Healthcare sector is the lowest weighted sector in my my dividend stock Portfolio this week. I own two healthcare dividend stocks (PFE & JNJ) and my last healthcare purchase added to my position in PFE in June this year. I’ve picked some other stocks from the Dividends Champion List that caught my eye to see how they compare and if starting a new position to diversify further is worthwhile.
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Desperately seeking UK Dividend Champions!

It was pointed out to me recently that there’s no David Fish dividend champion list for UK stocks. There’s the fantastic US dividend champion list, and even a Canadian All-star list. But not one for the UK. 🙁 The Queen would not be amused if she knew! Although I daresay she doesn’t spend much time researching dividend paying stocks.

Although perhaps not terribly interesting to most US investors, I hope some of my European and British readers will find the list interesting. Still with me? Grab a cup of tea and read on…

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Financial dividend stocks – my purchase in August

This week it’s the turn of the Financials sector to be the lowest weighted sector in my dividend stock Portfolio. I own three Financial dividend stocks, having added T. Rowe Price in June, so I’ve picked some other stocks from the Dividends Champion List that caught my eye to see how they compare and if starting a new position to diversify is worthwhile.
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Top 50 companies that employees love

If you’ve looked for a job in the last couple of years, the chances are you that came across Glassdoor.com. This website allows company employees to review and rate their companies as well as provide information about the hiring process. Each year Glassdoor publishes a list of the top 50 companies that employees love. A happy and highly motivated workforce is a great intangible asset that won’t show up on the balance sheet. I was curious to see if I owned any of the top 50 in my Portfolio and how many of them are dividend paying champions.

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Life Remodeled

When Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July 2013, it became the largest city to go bankrupt in the US. Its population has declined from 1.8 million in 1950 to 700,000 people and as a result of the population loss, it gained tens of thousands of abandoned buildings, lots and streets in the process.

On Thursday I spent the day volunteering, along with 600+ engineers from my company’s department, to go clean up and remodel a Detroit High School and surrounding neighborhood in a Detroit City suburb. This was a week long event organized by the non-profit organization Life Remodeled, and thousands of people from various communities, companies and organizations were involved.

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August stock purchase – Industrial sector dividend stocks

I scheduled my weekly sharebuilder purchase this week and it’s back to the Industrials sector again as this is the lowest sector in my portfolio again – this is despite last month’s purchase. Here’s a roundup of the industrial sector stocks currently in my portfolio as well as some new candidates as I consider what to purchase next.

Some of the following companies haven’t changed since I reviewed them last month; so I added a couple of new company overviews into this post.

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Dividend champions vs stable dividend schedules

Following on from my earlier post wondering if all dividend growth was equal, I thought I’d take a quick look at the Dividend Champions from David Fish’s list to see what percentage of the champions have a stable dividend schedule.

As it turned out, this meant looking at some companies that I haven’t seen mentioned very often, so I listed them out in case they pique your interest.

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Liebster Award and Nomination

Liebster Award Logo The only two Dividend Diplomats I know, Lanny and Bert, recently nominated yours truly for a Liebster Award. And not just any old Liebster Award, either. This Liebster is under-valued with a low P/E of 14, offering a high yield, high growth dividend with a 5♥ rating at Morningstar! So thank you Lanny & Bert – I’m honored to accept it and I hope I invest it wisely!

Now, time for some answers and questions!
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