A great place for inspiration is inside the portfolios of successful investors and our international dividend portfolio or defensive aristocrats.

Stock Portfolios

International Dividend Portfolio

The International Dividend Portfolio objective is to generate dividend income every month, based on international dividend growth stocks and over the long-term preserve and grow the invested capital. The total return is expected to follow the MSCI World index and a dividend growth rate between 4%-9%.

Holdings are rarely sold as long as dividend pay-outs are not cut and managed with a “buy-and-hold investor” mind-set.  The International Dividend Portfolio contains mainly US and European stocks, so mature markets, but the related companies will often have exposure to emerging markets as well.

Defensive Aristocrats

The Defensive Dividend Aristocrats’ objective is to outperform the Dividend Aristocrats over any five-year rolling time horizon, especially in bear markets. The maximum draw-down (mdd) should be lower.

The idea of the Defensive Dividend Aristocrats is to invest in 10 Dividend Aristocrats that are selected based on price-return and risk-ratios at year-end. Combined with the dividend growth characteristics of all Aristocrats, this should result in a comfortable set of companies for a long-term dividend portfolio.

The Defensive Aristocrats are selected on performance-based criteria:

  • Geometric Annual performance of the last 10 years (GeoAP10)
  • Win-ratio, the chance of a positive monthly performance (over 7000 calculations)
  • Loss-ratio, the chance of a monthly loss multiplied by the weighted average loss

Warren Buffett portfolio

Check-out all publicly-traded U.S. stocks owned by Warren Buffett’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway. Including a portfolio tracker.

The ‘Dogs Of The Dow’ portfolio

The Dogs of The Dow is an investing strategy that consists of buying the 10 stocks with the highest dividend yield out of the Dow 30 at the beginning of the year. The portfolio should be adjusted at the beginning of each year to include the 10 highest yielding stocks. It’s important to note that this is a long-term investment strategy. In the long run the average return of the Dogs should outperform the Dow-30.

Other Sources of Dividend Investment Ideas

The Dividend Aristocrats list is not the only way to quickly screen for businesses that regularly pay rising dividends.

  • The Dividend Kings List is even more exclusive than the Dividend Aristocrats.  It is comprised of less than 20 businesses with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
  • The MoneyInvestExpert Defensive Aristocrats is a performance-based top-10 selection of the Dividend Aristocrats to outperform the market on the long-term.
  • Portfolio lists like the Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio or Bill Gates’stock portfolio can be a source.
  • For the European focused investors there is also the list of European Dividend Aristocrats.
  • Dividend Champions are not necessarily members of the S&P 500 index, have increased their dividend for 25 or more consecutive years.
  • 100+ years of dividend, the list of stocks that pay over 100 year of dividend can be an list of inspiration.

Next to selecting the right dividend stocks, important principles for successful long-term investing are Disciple, Diversification, Defensive & indeed Dividend. Read more about this in our free e-book.

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