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The Impact Of Dividend Increases Through September Of 2019

Published Sat, 19 Oct 2019 16:19:29 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

When talking about dividend increases, this is us talking about dividend investing at its finest! Given the second quarter-end had recently passed, I wanted to reflect on what occurred over the last 9 months. This is not any old reflection, but specifically about dividend increases and their impact on my portfolio this year. Now that tax reform was 2018 news, how are the dividend increases stacking up this year?
Why dividend increases matter Why would dividend increases matter to my investment journey? The next section will describe the importance of dividend increases. In short, dividend increases are important, as they define the health of a company. Further, dividend increases offset the increase in cost of goods (food, energy, shelter, etc.), over a span of time. This is what you hear when "inflation" is discussed.
Why do dividends increasing in the future matter from companies that we own? When the price of goods are increasing, don't you want your income to continue to grow, in order to offset or "trump" inflation? Now, as the community knows, uninterrupted dividend increases is a requirement (typically) prior to investing in a company. We don't just invest for current income, but we are investing for a larger, future income too! For example, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) increased their dividend 5.55% back in April. The 5.55% dividend increase outpaces the rate of inflation, which has been stated at 1.5% over the last year.
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
REALTY INCOME 74.49   56.9 1.31 2.72 3.69
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 130.43   21.6 6.03 3.80 2.93
DELTA AIR LINES 59.44   8.9 6.70 1.61 2.75
LOCKHEED MARTIN 386.63   18.8 20.52 8.80 2.31
MCDONALDS 212.15   27.9 7.61 4.64 2.21
NORFOLK SOUTHERN 178.56   17.3 10.30 3.76 2.11


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