Updated 6/29/2018

In 2013 I again used my four dividend machine criteria to select a stock for inclusion in the portfolio. However, I did not stick to a schedule of picking one stock per week as I had in previous years. In 2013 I selected a stock for inclusion when I thought I liked the stock for some reason.   That reason could be that I wanted to diversify my own portfolio; or it could be due to news.  All stocks selected met the criteria when I posted them.

As with all my portfolios, when I buy a stock, I record the number of shares of VIG and SDY that investment would buy.  Then I track how the sum of my stocks performed as compared with the sum of the VIG and SDY shares purchased.  The stocks in my portfolio have performed very well as compared with the VIG and SDY benchmarks.  See the results below.

CRITERIA for 2012 and 2013
MINIMAL DIVIDEND YIELD  3% or > 10Yr. Treasury
Dividend Increases
During past year 
1 or less or within industry standard
Earnings Per Share Last 4 Qtrs EPS greater than Dividend paid out

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Disclosure:  Long AZN, BCE, COP, CVX, DRI, ED, INTC, LEG, MCHP, MDP, NHI, SYY, with calls on DRI.