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 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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Energy sector dividend stocks – my purchase in August

It’s coming up to the automatic sharebuilder purchase deadline and currently the Energy sector is the lowest valued in my Portfolio so I’m looking to give it a boost. It was touch and go with the Industrial sector last week but the recent market dip hit my Energy stocks more. Here’s a roundup of the Energy sector stocks in my portfolio as well as some new candidates as I consider what to purchase next.

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July 2014 Summary – The good, the bad and the … concert?

King of Leon, Detroit, 2014 Kings of Leon came to our part of the world last night as part of their Mechanical Bull Tour, and we went to see them as a birthday present for Ms DL. The concert was at an open-air stage, it was a warm summer’s evening and they played a frantic number of songs in their set. Supporting bands were The Kongos and Young the Giant. It’s the first concert we’ve been to this year and there are a couple more on our watchlist this year.

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The effects of reinvesting dividends on growth vs yield

Caution - Math Ahead!
In a recent post, I compared the effect of dividend yield vs. dividend growth. In that article, I did not include the effects of compounding the dividend payments back into the investment because the mathematics made my brain cell hurt. I did speculate that compounding might help the higher yield more than the lower yield since the higher initial dividends would be compounding more over the lifetime of the comparison.

So this week I’ve been spending some quality time with my brain cell to learn about the math behind compounding although it’s taken quite a bit longer than I expected. This weekend I finally found the answer I was looking for with the help of some friendly and knowledgeable people on a couple of mathematics forums. So I thought I’d share what I learned.

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