Dividend Growth Stocks

Money in the Trough – Going Crazy

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Dividend growth stocksWhat a year!  While the market has started off with with record losses, I’ve been making record buys for the dividend portfolio.  First, I’ve been traveling (which is why its been so long since I’ve posted) and didn’t have access to my trading accounts while I was gone.  

Fortunately, I’m no stranger to relying on limit orders and they have been executing like crazy over the last few weeks.  I’ve slowly been adding to my positions, adding new positions and averaging down during the year.

Here are the dividend growth stocks I picked up January 2016.

January 2016 Dividend Growth Stock Purchases

These purchases totaled $8,749.44 and has added $260.40 to my annual dividend income!  That averages out to a yield of 2.97%!  Considering the downturn, you’d think I could have done a bit better.  But, considering the quality of the companies I’ve been purchasing, I’m pretty happy with the results!

My dividend portfolio has been updated with all the January purchases.

Some people estimate we are do for a correction in the tune of 25% from our highs.  That’s roughly another 8 – 10% or so down from where we are now (which seems like a really long way to go).  While others believe we are now solidly in a bear market and estimate we have another 25 – 40% yet to fall before we hit bottom.

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to discover the magic alarm bell that rings to tell me when the market has bottomed and it’s time to buy.  So, I’ll continue to average down on the high quality companies that I own and buying new values as they pop-up.   

I do feel compelled to say: I’ve never been an investor during the starting of a bear market or even been an active investor during a bear market.  Obviously, I’m learning while I go.  I may indeed find that this strategy of nibbling at bargains on the way down was a bad idea and I should have waited until sentiment changed and things start to move back up.  Only time will tell.   


What have you been picking up this month?

I'm a dividend growth investor who is aiming to retire early in 4 years at the age of 45. My goal is to live off the income my dividend portfolio and rental property produce exclusively and leave the corporate rat race. I hope you will join me in this journey!


  1. You can try to time the market or you can continue to dollar cost average. You could certainly be leaving money on the table by “nibbling” now, but I think there is a 50/50 chance we’re at bottom now. If we are, you are looking pretty smart. If we aren’t, then you’ll still be better off than you were on a cost basis once the market recovers! Averaging down is never a bad choice IMO!

    • Blake

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I obviously agree with your opinion regarding averaging down. The trick seems to be averaging down in a systematic way that ensures you don’t weigh in to heavily during any one buy. (I guess I should make up some sort of calculator…) And that your only averaging down on quality companies that are “the babies in the bath water” during these ETF exoduses. Certainly don’t want to throw good money after bad.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!