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20 Top Stocks For A Monthly Dividend Portfolio: 2-Year Update

Published Thu, 02 May 2019 13:52:42 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

In July 2017, I wrote what has turned out to be, in terms of page views, my most popular article ever for this platform. That article? 20 Top Stocks For A Monthly Dividend Portfolio. At the conclusion of the article, I revealed that I had 'put my money where my mouth was;' selling all dividend-focused ETFs I held in my retirement portfolio in favor of the 20 featured stocks plus an additional 2 "bonus stocks" I suggested.
Segue To 2019
Earlier this year, based on a review of some investing wisdom from John C. Bogle and Peter L. Bernstein, I offered Seeking Alpha readers my take on the perfect portfolio for the next 10 years. As is (I hope) the case with most investors, I continually strive to learn and grow. And, in the course of preparing these last two articles, I believe I did.
However, having completed the above 2 articles, along with follow-ups suggesting ETFs for the U.S. stock, international stock, and bond allocations in the 'perfect portfolio,' I was left with some nagging questions.
How might what I shared in 2017 stand up if examined in the light of my more current writings? Should I have simply kept the ETFs I started with? What if I put the 22 stocks I selected, in the weightings in which I currently hold them, up against the S&P 500? To go a step further, what if I extended the backtest as far as I could backwards, even beyond the last two years? To be honest, I was afraid to find out. But, I decided, I had to. Why? Because if there was a... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
ABBVIE 65.97   24.2 2.72 4.28 6.34
AT&T 34.82   14.6 2.38 2.04 5.80
WELLS FARGO 45.62   9.4 4.84 2.04 4.57
CVS CAREMARK 60.24   16.9 3.57 2.00 3.24
APPLE 202.64   17.3 11.73 3.08 1.45
GENERAL ELECTRIC 8.19   0.0 -2.15 0.04 0.48


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