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Targeting A Retirement Income Level From A Dividend Growth Portfolio - Part 3

Published Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:13:08 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

I have on occasion seen the equation put forth here on Seeking Alpha that Dividend Yield plus Dividend Growth equals Return. This is a mathematical fallacy. To quote the ever wise David Van Knapp: it's like "adding the speed of a car to its acceleration--the result makes no sense." But why do some dividend investors continue to cite this as a metric? I considered my own previous article in this series. In this article, I analyzed something that I know dividend investors intuitively understand...there is an inverse mathematical relationship between dividend yield and dividend growth. In other words, to end up with an equal result over some time period, a stock with a lower current dividend yield must have a higher growth rate than a stock with a higher current yield. Unfortunately, I think a few investors (perhaps understandably) extrapolate this relationship to conclude that it is perfectly symmetric...i.e. at... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
AT&T 34.50   10.2 343.00 1.84 5.33
CONSOLIDATED EDISON 56.96   15.7 3.61 2.52 4.42
WASTE MANAGEMENT 42.84   205.9 20.40 1.50 3.50
ELI LILLY 58.68   13.8 431.00 1.96 3.34
MCDONALDS 99.84   18.0 5.51 3.24 3.25
PROCTER & GAMBLE 81.15   21.6 3.73 2.57 3.17
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 99.96   19.2 5.23 2.64 2.64
EXXON MOBIL 100.01   13.6 741.00 2.52 2.52