Dividend Ambassadors – 10% Dividend Growth

Dividend AmbassadorsMany investors like to have a process that simplifies the chaos of the stock markets. To that end, indexes and stock lists are created by financial institutions based on pre-determine set of criteria to satisfy the demand for investors. For example, there is a Canadian Dividend Aristocrats list or a BMO Monthly Income Fund.

As it happens, a DIY dividend investor, like myself, work outside of those lists by establishing a more rigorous process to select the next dividend stock or holding to receive more funds. The Dividend Aristocrats, on both side of the border, were an initial step in my investing journey but I have since established a more rigorous set of criteria helping me narrow down a strong set of companies. I have put a comprehensive list of Canadian dividend stocks with many important key dividend metrics with the Dividend Snapshot service to help investors with their investing decisions.

However, one key discussion point I regularly have around the Canadian Dividend Aristocrats is on how poor the criteria really are for including a stock in the list. Investors use those lists to filter out stocks. It’s an important process to go from 1,000 companies to less than 100 but I don’t think it’s enough. While you can break it down by sector or industry, you want to filter out the great businesses from the others. You also want to filter out the companies that match a simple criteria of increasing dividend every year by 1 cent. Where is the growth in that for a dividend growth investor?

Since 2009, I have been working on my criteria for selecting stocks and while I usually select 90% of my holdings using the Dividend Ambassadors strategy the technology sector has usually thrown in a curve ball where instinct comes in.

Dividend Ambassadors

Dividend Ambassadors StampI would like to introduce the Dividend Ambassadors where a stock needs to meet the following 2 criteria:

  • Have increased their dividends for 10 consecutive years
  • Have grown their dividend by 10% on average over the past 10 years

Once a stock matches the criteria, it earns the stamp of honour. It is actually quite an achievement to make it part of this list so take note of these blue chip stocks.

Canadian Dividend Ambassadors

US Dividend Ambassadors

DISCLOSURE: Please note that I may have a position in one or many of the holdings listed. For a complete list of my holdings, please see my Dividend Portfolio.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog post represents my opinion and not an advice/recommendation. I am not a financial adviser, I am not qualified to give financial advice. Before you buy any stocks/funds consult with a qualified financial planner. Make your investment decisions at your own risk – see my full disclaimer for more details.
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