Tag Archives: Dividends

Quantitative investing: enhanced yield system update

Time to update quant system #3 in my series. See my previous two posts for the first two system updates (here and here). Today I’ll update the enhanced dividend yield system which I originally posted on almost 2 years ago. Let’s dive right in. The enhanced dividend yield strategy originally appeared in What Works On Wall Street. In its original form its is a bit complicated to implement with an unequal weighting of the individual holdings. In my modified approach I use an equal weighting of the top 25 stocks. The strategy basically screens for large profitable popular dividend paying … Continue reading

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Quant investing: building a better index

Today I wanted to take a look at how you can use quant investing to build a better stock market index. For my previous posts on quant investing see this series of posts. In a way stock market indices are quantitative models. And due to history and other factors they are not very well constructed. For example, the Dow Jones index is comprised of 30 stocks weighted by the price of the stocks! Kind of silly in today’s day and age no? How about the grand daddy of the indices, the SP500? It’s much better than the Dow but still … Continue reading

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An IVY Buy & Hold Portfolio for the Skeptical & Emotional Investor

One of the keys to successful long term investing is finding a portfolio strategy that works for you, that lets you be at peace and sleep at night. Historical and theoretical returns don’t mean a thing if you have little chance of sticking with a certain strategy. And herein lies the biggest problem with the commonly recommended buy and hold strategies – most investors can’t stick with them over the long term as is shown every year by the Dalbar studies or any studies that look at actual investor returns. For many investors this is where an automatic approach like … Continue reading

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Quantitative Investing – Enhanced Dividend Yield

Today I want to cover the Enhanced Dividend Yield quant strategy from What Works On Wall Street.  This strategy is a bit more complicated to implement than the others I’ve covered (see previous posts), especially for individual investors. Its performance results are much better than other dividend based strategies. While not as good as the strategies I’ve presented previously it still could be of quite some use to investors. I present some ideas on how it could be made easier and why it could be attractive. Dividend yield is a popular value metric. High dividend yielding stocks do outperform the … Continue reading

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Beating the market to maximize retirement income – part II

A while back I wrote about some historical analysis I had done that showed several ways that an investor could achieve market beating returns and thus maximize retirement income. It has been known for a long time that several ‘factors’ or characteristics of stocks generate market beating returns. The two classic factors are value and size. Value stocks outperform the market over long periods of time. Small cap stocks outperform as well. The third and newest factor, at least relative to value and size, is momentum. I also showed that contrary to efficient market theory these extra returns do not … Continue reading

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Do you know why you own bonds?

Do you know why you own bonds in your portfolio? There are many reasons to own bonds but one of the biggest reasons historically is no longer a good one for many investors. Bonds are often held in portfolios to provide a safe and steady source of income, in particular for retired investors. But the long bull market in bonds is at best in its final innings and thus they no longer meet the goal of providing a safe and steady source of income. Lets take a look at some data and see what it tells us about bonds today. … Continue reading

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Income investments & that vertical drop-off thing that’s coming…

You’d have to have been living in a cave, or dry camping in the wilds for 6 weeks like I was until a few weeks ago, to not have been bombarded by the 2 words that I allude to in the title of this post. I’ll try and spare you and only say them a few times in the post. Needless to say the ‘fiscal cliff’ fears have taken a bit of a toll on income investments, in particular equity income investments that have performed well so far this year. I thought it wold be useful to take a look … Continue reading

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Revisiting a recipe for a happy retirement

Time out in the boonies, in our case the wonderful eastern Sierras, almost forces you into a reflective mood. Yesterday was one of those days where the amazing beauty of a spectacular hike (see my wife’s post and pics here) got me thinking about what is needed for a happy retirement. Well, I should say rethinking because early on in the blog I posted on this exact subject. I thought today, being more than 2 years on from that post, I would revisit my proposed recipe and see what’s changed. I have to say that not much has changed to my … Continue reading

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Rise of the nerds – tech stock dividends

Technology stocks are the largest dividend payers in the S&P500. Really? Yes. With the significant raise in Cisco’s (CSCO) dividend last week, the technology sector became the largest paying dividend sector, on a percentage basis, of all the S&P500 industry sectors (see this article). Apple’s (AAPL) initiation of a dividend earlier this year didn’t hurt either. Lets dig down a little deeper into this development and see what that could mean for income investors. First, this development has been coming for a while. I first posted on this trend almost 2 years ago now. Basically, the tech industry is maturing, … Continue reading

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Searching for dividends: individual dividend stocks

In my last post I covered the easiest and most obvious way to get exposure to dividend stocks, by investing in dividend ETFs. While dividend ETFs give you one of the biggest benefits of dividend investing, higher returns, they fail to deliver on other key benefits of dividend investing; lower volatility, lower drawdowns, and more consistent dividends. By far the better choice is to invest in high quality individual dividend paying stocks. The challenge of course if finding those high quality dividend payers. In this post I’ll cover the best and easiest way I know to find a potential list … Continue reading

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