Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pension Crisis

There is a crisis in the US about pension as written up by Danielle DiMartino Boothin in this Bloombergarticle. But this is not confined to the US. Here is a Canadian article by Canadian Federation of Independent Business. They are not the only ones sounding alarms. There is also an article Kathryn May in the Financial Post

The thing is you can find all sorts of articles on Pension Plans worldwide. We are living longer so retirement years are much longer than anticipated. Even though we are living longer pensionable age is lower than it used to be. There are fewer workers to support retirees and this problem will only get worse as worldwide and regional population stabilizes and then declines.

What people also do not realize is that retirement is really a relatively new idea. People used to work until they died. Very few people used to live long enough to actually be old and retire. They would have also had to have some money to retire. Now people expect to have 20 to 30 years in retirement. Some live even longer in retirement. This takes a lot of savings to do this.

I am so glad that I did my own planning and am managing my own money. It may not be the simplest thing, but it is also not that difficult. I started to learn about investing by buying some large companies that paid dividends. I tried to educate myself ahead of time, but a lot of the information was not sinking in until I started actually to invest. So basically I learned investing by doing it.

Not everything is fine. I feel that I am being punished tax wise because I did too well investing my RRSP money. I am also being punished tax wise because I set up my own pension plan that has increased by higher than the rate of inflation, no matter what the inflation really is. My largest expenditure yearly is now Tax at 23% of my total budget in 2016.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Fortis Inc. (TSX-FTS, OTC-FRTSF)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Power Financial Corp. (TSX-PWF, OTC-POFNF)... learn more on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dividend Changes 2

Today, I want to revisit the information I have on dividend increases and decreases for the stocks I follow. Most of my stocks started out as Dividend Payers. Currently 14 stocks are not paying any dividends and this would be some 9.46% of the stocks that I follow. Three of these stocks never had dividends, so 7.43% of the stocks I follow have suspended their dividends. The three stocks that never paid dividends are Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLD, NASDAQ-BLDP0, Blackberry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) and Trigon Metals Inc. (TSX-TM, OTC-PNTZF) (which used to be Kombat Copper Inc.).

Mths 2017 2017 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 Med Med
Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr
Jan 5 1 4 0 4 0 4.0 0.0
Feb 10 0 5 2 8 0 14 0 9.0 0.0
Mar 23 0 18 5 19 3 15 1 18.5 2.0
Apr 10 2 8 4 9 3 14 0 9.5 2.5
May 3 2 6 1 7 1 6.0 1.0
Jun 18 0 14 1 14 1 14.0 1.0
Jul 3 1 6 1 3 0 3.0 1.0
Aug 4 0 4 2 9 0 4.0 0.0
Sep 7 1 7 3 9 0 7.0 1.0
Oct 1 1 1 1 1.0 1.0
Nov 6 0 4 1 5.0 0.5
Dec 12 0 13 2 13 0 13.0 0.0
Tot 48 3 88 15 95 18 99 4 94.0 10.0
154 31% 2% 57% 10% 62% 12% 64% 3% 61% 6%


What you can see in these charts is the percentage of stocks that have increased or decreased dividends. So far this year some 31% of the stocks I follow have increased their dividends. This is compared to 57% in 2016, 62% in 2015 and 64% in 2014. So, so far this year in the first quarter about half the number which increased dividends in recent years has increased their dividends.

You can also see in the first chart that certain months seem to have more dividend increases than other months. Those months are March, June and December.

Mths 2017 2017 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 Med Med
Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr
Jan 5 1 4 0 4 0 4.0 0.0
Feb 10 0 5 2 8 0 14 0 9.0 0.0
Mar 23 0 18 5 19 3 15 1 18.5 2.0
Apr 10 2 8 4 9 3 14 0 9.5 2.5
Tot 48 3 35 11 40 6 43 1 41.0 4.5
154 31% 2% 23% 7% 26% 4% 28% 1% 27% 3%


In this chart you can see that so far this year, more companies have increased their dividends than in prior years to the end of April. Here you see that 31% have increased dividends to the end of April. By this time in 2016 23% had, in 2015 26% had and in 2014 27% had. You can also see that in 2017 there were fewer decreases at 2% than there were for other years expect for 2014 which only had a 1% of companies decreasing their dividends.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Veresen Inc. (TSX-VSN, OTC-FCGYF)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX-SNC, OTC-SNCAF)... learn more on Friday, April 21, 2017 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TD Bank Problems

I wrote earlier about Have Banks Learned Nothing... on my blog. It seems the TD Bank is taking the complaints seriously in a recent report about the problem on Huffington Post. It is a smart move. Since I criticized the bank I thought it was only fair that I should mention that they were trying to fix the problem.

I remember when I was working that there was a problem in an area. The company knew it had a problem but did not know what it was. My company called in another company to help find out the problem. A lot of the people in the area meet with this company in an environment where people could feel that they could talk without retribution.

It was a very smart idea and it worked. My company found out what the problem was and fixed it. A situation was set up so that the employees felt that they could talk about problems.

On my other blog I wrote today about Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ, NYSE-CNQ)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Veresen Inc. (TSX-VSN, OTC-FCGYF)... learn more on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dividend Changes

Since I started to do my monthly list of dividends stocks I follow, I have stated how many of my companies have increased or decreased (including suspension of) dividends. Below is a table of the results. You can see that we are doing quite well so far in 2017. The increases per month are above the medina and the decreases are below the median for the last few years

Mths 2017 2017 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 Med Med
Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr
Jan 5 1 4 0 4 0 4.0 0.0
Feb 10 0 5 2 8 0 14 0 9.0 0.0
Mar 23 0 18 5 19 3 15 1 18.5 2.0
Apr 10 2 8 4 9 3 14 0 9.5 2.5
May 3 2 6 1 7 1 6.0 1.0
Jun 18 0 14 1 14 1 14.0 1.0
Jul 3 1 6 1 3 0 3.0 1.0
Aug 4 0 4 2 9 0 4.0 0.0
Sep 7 1 7 3 9 0 7.0 1.0
Oct 1 1 1 1 1.0 1.0
Nov 6 0 4 1 5.0 0.5
Dec 12 0 13 2 13 0 13.0 0
Tot 48 3 88 15 95 18 99 4 94.0 10.0


If you look at the chart below it would seem that to April in 2017 is better in the increases that other years, but does not beat 2014 in decreases.

Mths 2017 2017 2016 2016 2015 2015 2014 2014 Med Med
Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr Incr Decr
Jan 5 1 4 0 4 0 4.0 0.0
Feb 10 0 5 2 8 0 14 0 9.0 0.0
Mar 23 0 18 5 19 3 15 1 18.5 2.0
Apr 10 2 8 4 9 3 14 0 9.5 2.5
Tot 48 3 35 11 40 6 43 1 41.0 4.5


All this could be looked at very positively. Dividends are generally increased because the company feels that it will be getting earnings to cover them.

Of course everything probably depends on your point of view. You could view increasing number of dividend increases as either good or bad. They could probably point to a strong market or a market top.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Pembina Pipelines Corp. (TSX-PPL, NYSE-PBA)... learn more. Today, I will write about Barclays PLC ADR (LSE-BARC, NYSE-BCS)... learn more on Thursday, April 13, 2017 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stock Suggestions

In my blog entry for last Tuesday, I asked for suggestions of new stocks to follow as a number of ones I followed have been bought out. I am currently working on Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp. TSX-PZA). The suggestions I got from readers are listed below. I will start to look at these and decide what other stocks to follow.

Suggestions:

A and W Revenue Royalties Income Fund (TSX-AW.UN)
Fiera Capital (TSX-FSZ)
Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX-MIC)
Globe Water Resources TSX-GWR
Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (TSX-HWD)

Open Text (TSE-OTEX)
Labrador Iron Ore (LIF)
SIR Royalty Income Fund (TSX-SRV.UN)
TFI International Inc. (TSX-NFI)
ZCL Composites TSX=ZCL

Other Suggestions:

Boyd Group Income Fund (TSX-BYD.UN)
Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd (TSX-CSW.A)
Domtar Corp (TSX-UFS)
Gildan Activewear Inc. (TAX-GIL)
Logistec Corporation (TAX-LGT.B)

MTY Food Group Inc. (TSX-MTY)
Plaza Retail REIT (TSX- PLZ.UN)
Ritchie Bros Auction (TSX-RBA)

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX-ABX, NYSE-ABX)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Pembina Pipelines Corp. (TSX-PPL, NYSE-PBA)... learn more on April 12, 2017 around 5 pm.

Also, on my book blog I have put a review of the book The Mystery of Capital by Hernando De Soto learn more...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Something to Buy April 2017

There is always something to buy in the stock market. On Tuesday, I put out a list of the stocks that I covered and showed what stock might be a good deal based on dividend yield. Now I am trying to categorize what sorts of stocks may be a good deal based on dividend yield.

The advantages to using dividend yield to judge how cheap or expensive a stock is, is that you are not using estimates or old data (like last reported quarter's data). You are using today's stock price and today's dividend yield.

For other testing, like using P/E Ratios and Price/Graham Price Ratios, you use EPS estimates or from the last reported financial quarter. When using P/S Ratios, P/CF Ratios or P/BV Ratios you are using data from the last reported financial quarter.

This system does not work well for old Income Trust companies. These companies had quite high Dividend Yields which will probably never be seen again. So I started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield.

However, no system is perfect. But if you are interested in buying a stock a list of stocks cheap or reasonable using dividend yield data might be a good place to start.

Categorizing stocks is not as simple as it might seem. Every site you go to has categorized stocks a bit differently. I try to keep this as simple as possible. See Something to Buy April 2017 Spreadsheet to see what stocks are showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). As in other spreadsheets, you can highlight a line or a number of lines for better viewing.

In the following notes I am only going to list stocks showing as cheap using the historical high dividend yields (P/Hi) and historical median dividend yields (P/Med).

I follow 21 stocks in the Consumer Discretionary category. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Nine (or 43%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are DHX Media Ltd. (TSX-DHX.A, OTC-DHXMF), Dorel Industries (TSX-DII.B), Goodfellow Inc. (TSX-GDL, OTC-GFELF), High Liner Foods (TSX-HLF, OTC-HLNFF), Leon's Furniture (TSX-LNF); Magna International Inc. (TSX-MG), Newfoundland Capital Corp (TSX-NCC.A), Reitmans (Canada) Ltd. (TSX-RET.A) and Thomson Reuters Corp (TSX-TRI, NYSE-TRI) Both Canadian Tire Corporation (TSX-CTC.A, OTC-CDNAF) and Goeasy Ltd. (TSX-GSY, OTC-EHMEF) have been removed from this list.

I follow 12 Consumer Staples stocks. There is one company showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and that is Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF). Four stocks (or 33%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These are Empire Company Ltd (TSX-EMP.A, OTC-EMLAF), Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX-PJC.A, OTC-JCOUF), Loblaw Companies (TSX-L, OTC-LBLCF) and Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF). There is no change from last month.

I only follow two Health Care stocks and both are US stocks. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. They are both cheap by the historical median dividend yield. The stocks are Johnson and Johnson (NYSE-JNJ) and Medtronic Inc. (NYSE-MDT). This is the same as for last month.

I follow 12 Real Estate stocks. None of these stocks are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 25%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Artis REIT (TSX-AX.UN); Granite Real Estate (TSX-GRT.UN) and Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD. This is the same as last month.

I follow 8 Bank stocks. There is one company showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield and that is Home Capital Group (TSX-HCG, OTC-HMCBF). Three stocks (or 37.5%) are showing cheap by the historical median dividend yield. These stocks are CIBC (TSX-CM, NYSE-CM), Home Capital Group (TSX-HCG, OTC-HMCBF) and National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF). National Bank of Canada (TSX-NA, OTC-NTIOF) has been added back to this list.

I follow 13 Financial Service stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Seven (or 54%) stocks are showing cheap by the historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Accord Financial Corp (TSX-ACD, OTC-ACCFF), AGF Management Ltd (TSX-AGF.B), Alaris Royalty Corp (TSX-AD, OTC-ALARF), CI Financial (TSX-CIX), Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX-GS), IGM Financial (TSX-IGM) and Power Corp (TSX-POW). There is no change from last month.

I follow 5 Insurance stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 60%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX-GWO); Manulife Financial Corp (TSX-MFC) and Power Financial Corp (TSX-PWF). Sun Life Financial (TSX-SLF has been removed from this list.

I follow 33 Industrial stocks. Because I have so many and Industrial is not very descriptive, I have divided my Industrial stocks into 4 separate categories under Industrial. They are Construction, Industrial, Manufacturing and (Business) Services.

I have 6 Construction stocks. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 33% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are and SNC-Lavalin (TSX-SNC, OTC-SNCAF) and Stantec Inc. (TSX-STN, NYSE-STN). There is no change from last month.

I have 3 stocks I have left with the sub-index of Industrial. None are cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Two stocks or 67% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Finning International Inc. (TSX-FTT, OTC-FINGF), and Russel Metals (TSX-RUS, OTC-RUSMF). There is no change from last month.

I have 9 Manufacturing stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Five stocks or 56% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canam Group Inc. (TSX-CAM, OTC-CNMGA), Exco Technologies Ltd. (TSX-XTC, OTC-EXCOF), Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSX-HPS.A, OTC-HMDPF), Intertape Polymer Group Inc. (TSX-ITP, OTC-ITPOF) and PFB Corp (TSX-PFB, OTC-PFBOF). There is no change from last month except Canexus Corporation (TSX-CUS, OTC-CXUSF) will be removed from this list next month as it has been removed from the TSX.

I have 15 Services stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Three stocks or 20% are showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are Canadian National Railway (TSX-CNR, NYSE-CNI), Pason Systems Inc. (TSX-PSI, OTC-PSYTF) and Transcontinental Inc. (TSX-TCL.A, OTC-TCLAF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 7 Material stocks. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. One stock or 14% is showing as cheap by historical median dividend yield and that stock is Methanex Corp (TSX-MX, NASDAQ-MEOH). Methanex Corp (TSX-MX, NASDAQ-MEOH) has been added to this list.

I follow 10 Energy stocks. One Stock or (10%) is showing as cheap by the historical high dividend yield. It is Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF). There are three stocks (or 30%) showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Canadian Natural Resources (TSX-CNQ, NYSE-CNQ), Ensign Energy Services (TSX-ESI, OTC-ESVIF); and Suncor Energy (TSX-SU, NYSE-SU). There is no change from last month.

I follow 8 Tech stocks. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Five stocks (or 63%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are Absolute Software Corporation (TSX-ABT, OTC-ALSWF) Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (TSX-CMG, OTC-CMDXF), Evertz Technologies (TSX-ET, OTC-EVTZF), MacDonald Dettwiler & Assoc. (TSX-MDA, OTC-MDDWF), and Sylogist Ltd (TSXV-SYZ, OTC-SYZLF). There is no change from last month.

I follow 8 of the Infrastructure type utility companies. None are showing as cheap by historical high dividend yield. Two stocks (or 25%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. They are AltaGas Ltd (TSX-ALA, OTC-ATGFF) and Enbridge Inc. (TSX-ENB, NYSE-ENB). This is the same as last month.

I follow 12 of the Power type utility companies. None are showing as cheap by the historically high dividend yield. Four stock (or 33%) is showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. Those stocks are ATCO Ltd (TSX-ACO.X, OTC-ACLLF) and Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA, OTC-EMRAF). Canadian Utilities Ltd (TSX-CU, OTC-CDUAF) and Fortis Inc. (TSX-FTS, OTC-FRTSF) have been removed from this list.

I follow 5 of the Telecom Service type utility companies. No stock is showing cheap by the historical high dividend yield. Three stocks (or 60%) are showing cheap by historical median dividend yield. These stocks are BCE (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE), Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX-SJR.B, NYSE-SJR) and Telus Corp (TSX-T, NYSE-TU). BCE (TSX-BCE, NYSE-BCE) has been added to this this list. Manitoba Telecom (TSX-MBT, OTC-MOBAF) will be removed from this list as it has been bought out and delisted from the TSX.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Russel Metals Inc. (TSX-RUS, OTC- RUSMF)... learn more Tomorrow, I will write about Leon's Furniture Ltd. (TSX-LNF, OTC-LEFUF)... learn more on Friday, April 7, 2017 around 5 pm.

Also, on my book blog I have put a review of the book Islamic Exceptionalism by Shadi Hamid learn more...

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my site for an index to these blog entries and for stocks followed. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk . The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dividend Stocks April 2017

First I want to point out that not all of the stocks I follow are great investments. I follow a diverse selection of stocks. There are some that I would never invest in personally. I follow a number of resource stocks even though I personally have little invested in this area. I follow what I find interesting and with resource stocks, I think it is important for Canadians to know what is happening in the resource area. On the other hand I do follow of good number of great dividend growth stocks.

The theory is that you should use the dividend yield to see if a dividend stock is selling at a stock price that is relatively cheap. A stock price is considered cheap if it is selling at a dividend yield higher than the historical high yield or higher than the historical average yield or historical median yield. See my spreadsheet at dividend growth stocks that I just updated for April 2017.
  • I have 3 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 37 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 60 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 60 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list last list in January,
  • I have 3 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I have 36 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield
  • I have 61 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical median dividend yield and
  • 60 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
When I did my list in January 2014,
  • I had 9 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical high dividend yield,
  • I had 45 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the historical average dividend yield and
  • 39 stocks with a dividend yield higher than the 5 year average dividend yield.
If you had one share of each stock, total dividends last month would be $159.04. This month dividends would be $158.78. Of the stock that I follow 10 stocks has raised their dividends since last month. Dividends raises are denoted in green. Those stocks are shown below.

Dollarama Inc. (TSX-DOL, OTC-DLMAF)
Enghouse Systems Limited (TSX-ENGH, OTC-EGHSF)
Linamar Corporation (TSX-LNR, OTC-LIMAF)
Melcor Developments Inc. (TSX-MRD, OTC-MODVF)
North West Company (TSX-NWC, OTC-NWTUF)

Parkland Fuel Corp (TSX-PKI, OTC-PKIUF)
Power Financial Corp (TSX-PWF, OTC-POFNF)
Premium Brands Holdings Corp (TSX-PBH, OTC-PRBZF)
Stella-Jones (TSX-SJ, OTC-STLJF)
Transcontinental Inc. (TSX-TCL.A, OTC-TCLAF)

Of the stocks that I follow 1 company has decreased their dividends. This stock is shown below.

DH Corporation (TSX_DH, OTC-DHIFF)

Of the stocks that I follow 1 company has suspended their dividends. This stock is shown below. For Goodfellow, I can find no notice that they have suspended their dividends, but they paid none in March when the first one is due and they do change their dividends depending on EPS. For 2016 the EPS was negative. Both TD Bank and G&M give a $0 dividend for this company.

Goodfellow Inc. (TSX-GDL, OTC-GFELF)

Canexus Corp (TSX-CUS, OTC-CXUSF) on March 10. 2017 was acquired by Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund. I am removing this from my portfolio list. BCE has bought Manitoba Telecom (TSX-MBT, OTC-MOBAF) and this stock has been delisted from the TSX and will be removed from my list. Another stock that I own is DH Corporation (TSX-DH, OTC-DHIFF) and this is also being bought out and will soon be delisted.

I need to replace these stocks with others but have not decided which ones. I am currently looking at Pizza Pizza Royalty Corp (TSX-PZA, OTC- PZRIF) as a replacement for DH Corp. I have not yet decided on any other ones. Does anyone have any suggestions for any dividend growth stocks?

Most of my stocks started out as Dividend Payers. Currently 15 stocks are not paying any dividends and this would be some 10.14% of the stocks that I follow. Three of these stocks never had dividends, so 8.11% of the stocks I follow have suspended their dividends. The three stocks that never paid dividends are Ballard Power Systems Inc. (TSX-BLD, NASDAQ-BLDP0, Blackberry Ltd. (TSX-BB, NASDAQ-BBRY) and Kombat Copper Inc. (TSX-KBT, OTC-PNTZF).

I am showing whether a stock is relatively cheap based on historical high dividend yields (P/Hi), historical average dividend yields (P/Ave), historical median dividend yields (P/Med) or on 5 year median dividend yields (P/5Yr). See these fields on the right side of the file. You can highlight a particular stock using your cursor to highlight the appropriate line.

There are always some stocks to buy because they are priced reasonably. There are always stocks to currently avoid because they are overpriced. Looking at dividend growth stocks that are selling at stock prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical median dividend yield are probably the best bet.

The stocks that are selling at prices that give them a dividend yield above the historical high yield could be good stocks to buy. However, these stocks may be selling so cheap because of current troubles, especially financial troubles and should be treated with caution. Do not forget that I have all the stocks I follow on this spreadsheet and some are much better investments than others.

You should always investigate a stock before you buy. Sometimes different stocks in certain sectors are just out of favour or the stock market is just in one of its declines. However, a stock may be relatively cheap because it has problems. That is why you should always investigate a stock before buying.

Looking at stock this way is equivalent to a stock filter. A main problem I know of is for the old income trusts. These companies have generally lowered their dividend yields forever and they will probably never get back to the old dividend yield highs they made as an income trust company. For these stocks, you might be better comparing the current dividend yield to the 5 year median dividend yield. I also started a column called VT (for Valid Test) and this applies to checking stock price using dividend yield. If not a valid test I use N to show this.

Also, on some stocks I have a lot more information years in my spreadsheets than for other stocks. So, finding a stock on the list as "cheap" is only the first step in finding a stock to buy. This is the same with any other sort of stock filters that you can use.

The last thing to remember is that I have entering figures into a spreadsheet. I could put them in incorrectly, I can transpose figures and I can misread figures. This is another great reason why you should check a stock out before investing. As this is just a filter, it works better on some stocks than on others.

See my entry on my methodology in establishing the historical dividend yield highs and lows for the stocks that I cover. I have an entry on my introduction to Dividend Growth. You might want to look at my original entry on Dividend Growth Stocks. I have also written about why I like Dividend Growth companies.

On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSX-TIH, OTC-TMTNF)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Russel Metals Inc. (TSX-RUS, OTC- RUSMF)... learn more on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 around 5 pm.

This blog is meant for educational purposes only, and is not to provide investment advice. Before making any investment decision, you should always do your own research or consult an investment professional. I do research for my own edification and I am willing to share. I write what I think and I may or may not be correct.

See my website for stocks followed and investment notes. I have three blogs. The first talks only about specific stocks and is called Investment Talk. The second one contains information on mostly investing and is called Investing Economics Mostly. My last blog is for my book reviews and it is called Non-Fiction Mostly. Follow me on Twitter or StockTwits.