The Conservative Retirees portfolio seeks to preserve capital and deliver a very safe, above average dividend yield. Dividend income is expected to steadily grow at a moderate rate, and the portfolio is expected to keep up with the S&P 500 over time.
We expect the portfolio to underperform in bull markets and significantly outperform in bear markets due to the defensive nature of its holdings.
Total return is expected to be composed of:
3.5% – 4.5% dividend yield
4% – 6% earnings growth
We invest in high quality companies with enduring competitive advantages, long operating histories, shareholder-aligned management, and large markets that provide opportunity for long-term growth. These businesses maintain reasonable payout ratios, generate consistent free cash flow, and have healthy balance sheets, providing a sturdy foundation for consistent dividend increases.
When we make an investment, we take a patient, long term investment horizon and expect to hold the stock for at least five years, keeping portfolio turnover low. Generally speaking, we will only sell a stock if the safety of the dividend payment has come into question, the company’s long term earnings power appears to have become impaired, the stock’s valuation reaches seemingly excessive levels, or we find a more attractive idea.
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