Enough time has passed since writing my somewhat negative self-assessment relating to my 2016 goals that I feel comfortable drafting what I hope to accomplish in 2017. Since I lacked focus while striving toward my three categories of goals last year, I decided to simplify my objectives into a single sentence:
Increase forward dividend income by $2600 while achieving a dollar-weighted average organic dividend growth rate of at least 5%.
Although I dislike using specific numbers on this blog, I know posting a concrete figure for forward dividend income will further motivate me to achieve my objective. To counterbalance any yield chasing in the pursuit of my aggressive forward dividend income goal, the dollar-weighted average organic dividend growth rate of at least 5% is essential. The 5% average growth rate helps me steer clear of sucker yields and hopefully, avoid dividend cuts. The other tactic I used to avoid dividend cuts last year, not buying shares in any company that had not raised their dividend in the past 12-months, will also be re-implemented this year.
I decided against setting budgeting or personal development objectives this year, as I'm trying to simplify my life in advance of the summer of 2017, when my attention will be directed elsewhere. Despite only having a one sentence goal for this year, I feel positive and focused, ready to direct my attention toward achieving my singular financial objective.
Have you set your financial goals for 2017???
A very nice and simple plan. I like it. So is this an extra $2600 a year in dividend payments? Goodluck, that sounds like a fantastic goal to reach.ReplyDelete
Yes, that's an incremental increase of $2600/yr in expected dividend payments. It's an aggressive target...but achievable.Delete
Thanks for your encouragement...a little good luck will certainly help :)
Nice goal and well said in a succinct way. Best of luck!ReplyDelete
I appreciate the compliment. Writing in a succinct fashion isn't exactly my strong point.Delete
Very plan and easy to keep in mind. I am writing my 2017 goal at this moment but they are not as simple.ReplyDelete
I decided to use the K.I.S.S principle this year and keep things simple.Delete
Looking forward to reading your 2017 goals when you post them!
Simple goals are the way to go. Having to many can lose focus, as some goals can go against each other. Good luck in 2017.ReplyDelete
Thank you sir! A little extra luck always helps :)Delete
Nice goal, I'm pretty much aiming for the same thing, between $2500-$3000 forward dividends increase, that means we need to work extra hard :)ReplyDelete
I'm in on the extra hard work front! Best of luck in reaching your objective! I'll look forward to reading about your progress along the way :)Delete
"Increase forward dividend income by $2600 while achieving a dollar-weighted average organic dividend growth rate of at least 5%."ReplyDelete
Forward dividend income comes from three places, new positions, dividend increases and reinvestment of dividends. Only two are controllable, as increases may be expected but not known. I've always liked to reinvest dividends because of $CA but may, but many prefer to hold the funds and add to new positions. Guess its each to their own.
Depending on ones age and investment timeframe, one may want to include Low Yield/High Growth stocks, like CNR & Metro.
Last point, I would not exclude those which did not increase their dividend in the past 12 mo. but use it as a guide, not a rule. Think back to the fin crisis, when banks stopped uping their div's. That was a great time to add them and great yields.