The Ultimate Guide to Dividend & Dividend Growth Investing

Learn how to build a high quality dividend portfolio from scratch and exponentially increase your income over time
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  • Lectures 88
  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

Last update: November 2016

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Companies that pay a dividend and that have a long & consistent track record of raising those dividends year in year out (“aka dividend growth stocks”), have been historically proven to be an incredibly successful investment strategy. This strategy even outperforms, hence beats, the overall stock market, something that the majority of fund managers fails to do.

In this course you will find everything you need to know, from the basics all the way through to a step by step guide to building your own dividend growth portfolio from scratch. You can start this course as a beginner, and finish it as a well prepared and advanced dividend growth investor, ready to or already right in the middle of build(ing) your own portfolio.

The most difficult thing with investing is knowing where to start:

  • What should you invest in?
  • Why?
  • What should you do if the stock price goes down?
  • When do you have to sell?
  • How can you earn above average returns consistently over time


This course aims to answer all those questions and is therefore built up into several sections:

  • Introduction to the course: short summary of everything you will learn in this course
  • Proof: don’t just take my word for it, but let the research, historical performance of dividend growth stocks and my own portfolio results do the convincing
  • Introduction to dividends: all the basics you should ever know about dividends
  • Why would YOU want to become a dividend growth investor: once again, I thoroughly address why dividend growth investing is the strategy to follow and how it can actually make you insanely rich over time
  • Step by step guide to building your own portfolio: theory
  • Step by step guide to building your own portfolio: practice
  • Monitoring your dividend portfolio & knowing when to sell

In just 5 hours time, you can master this entire topic thanks to this condensed course!

And of course, I'll be here anytime you like to answer your tough questions!

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge required
  • No materials required, except for a good dosis of interest in investing and managing your own money!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently build your own high quality dividend growth portfolio from scratch!
  • Profoundly understand why dividend growth investing can make you insanely rich
  • Get to know, understand and apply all relevant characteristics that make a high quality dividend growth company
  • Get to know, understand and apply the techniques to protect your portfolio from downside risk
  • Access to several case studies, lists with the best high quality companies, attractive ETFs, portfolio tracking tools, research material etc.
  • > 50 quiz questions to test your knowledge
  • A semi-automated tool that results in a preliminary investment worthiness consideration, in < 1 minute (looking for and filling in data points included!)
  • What you can do when you don’t have much time to bother with looking for good investment opportunities: alternatives!
  • How to monitor your portfolio & how to know when to rebalance and/or sell
  • Proof!
  • Lifetime access so you can easily review material, learn at your own pace, and continue learning new material!
  • At the end of this course, you will be a very advanced dividend growth investor

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring investors with a mid (3-5 years) to long term (>5years) mindset
  • Everyone who wants to start learning what dividend (growth) investing is, how it works, etc. (i.e. beginners)
  • Everyone who wishes to update/finetune their knowledge on dividend growth investing (i.e. intermediate & advanced)
  • Everyone who wants to have a full step-by-step guide to building their own dividend portfolio truly from scratch
  • The course is not for people who want to get rich overnight

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
Welcome
Preview
03:30
Who Is This Course For?
01:45
What Will You Learn In This Course?
02:03
What Resources Will You Find In This Course?
01:55
So Why Are You Here & What Do You Want To Learn?
00:49
Section 2: Proof
Proof: Historical Performance Of Dividend Growth Stocks
01:38
Proof: Dividend Aristocrats Crush The S&P 500
00:52
Proof: My Dividend Portfolio & Performance - PART I
Preview
05:16
Proof - My Dividend portfolio & Performance - PART II
02:22
Section 3: Introduction to Dividends
What Will You Learn In This Section?
01:45
What Is A Dividend?
04:21
What Is The Dividend Yield?
03:08
The Different Growth Stages Of A Company
04:06
So Why Would Companies Pay Dividends Then?
07:34
Types Of Dividends
01:49
What Is The Dividend Pay-out Ratio?
01:53
Morningstar - Easy Access To 10 Year Metrics
03:00
Quiz 1
6 questions
What Is Meant With Dividend Growth?
03:31
So Why Is Dividend Growth Important?
05:55
What Is Dividend Growth Investing?
00:48
Jargon: What Is A Dividend Aristocrat?
03:04
Jargon: What Is A Dividend Achiever?
00:40
Jargon: What Are Dividend Contenders & Dividend Achievers?
00:56
Jargon: What are the Gigantes Del Dividendo?
00:43
Jargon: The Best Of The Best - The Dividend Kings
01:05
How To Protect Yourself Against Relevant Stock Market Dynamics
03:53
Wrap-up
03:39
Quiz 2
6 questions
Section 4: So Why Would YOU Want To Become A Dividend Investor?
Introduction: Warren Buffett As A Dividend Investor
02:08
So Why Would YOU Want To Become A Dividend Investor?
Preview
01:22
Reason #1: Historical Performance Of Dividend Growth Stocks
Preview
03:43
Reason #2: Dividends Historically Account For A Very Large Part Of Total Returns
Preview
01:34
Reason #3: Dividend Growth Stocks' Unique Income Compounding Effect
06:38
Reason #3 Case Study: Warren Buffett & The Coca-Cola Company
01:37
Time Needed To Double Your Income: The 72 Rule
01:07
Reason #4: Why Reinvesting Dividends Can Make You Insanely Rich
05:06
The Secret To Overcoming Market Downturns Faster
03:13
What Kind Of Dividend Investor Should YOU Be?
04:27
In Practice: How Can You Reinvest Your Dividends?
01:42
Wrap-up
04:40
Quiz 3
8 questions
Section 5: Step-By-Step Guide: Building Your Own Dividend Growth Portfolio - Theory
What Will You Learn In This Section?
01:59
How I Will Use Your Feedback
02:06
Where To Start Looking
05:04
New Dividend Growth Potentials (+ Case Study)
05:16
What Characteristics Are We Looking For?
04:13
C1 - A Stable And Consistent Dividend Payment History
Preview
03:08
C2 - High Dividend Growth Companies
02:29
C3 - Low Pay-out Ratio
03:02
C4 - Sufficient To High Yield
03:29
Quiz 4
6 questions
Dividends Should Not Be Your Only Priority
03:36
C5 - Stable & Consistent Revenue and Income Growth
01:47
C6 - Low Financial Risk
02:44
Companies With Low Financial Risk - Case Study Morningstar
03:07
C7 - Low Volatility
02:39
What Is Meant With Low Volatility - Part I
02:30
What Is Meant With Low Volatility - Part II
03:34
S&P 500 Low Volatility Index Factsheet
5 pages
C8 - Companies With A Competitive Advantage
Preview
11:42
Moat Rating & Moat Trend For US & European Dividend Aristocrats
2 pages
C8 - Financial Metrics That Point To A Competitive Advantage (+ Case Study)
08:27
Quiz 5
10 questions
Quiz 6 - For The Die Hards
6 questions
C9 - Margin Of Safety: Valuation
05:13
C10 - Companies That Also Buy Back Shares
05:52
S&P 500 BuyBack Index Factsheet
4 pages
Diversify Your Holdings
02:23
Wrap-up
05:28
ETFs: A Perfect Alternative
03:10
Quiz 7
10 questions
Section 6: Step-By-Step Guide: Building Your Own Dividend Growth Portfolio - In Practice
What Will You Learn In This Section?
01:53
Your Base Portfolio
05:41
US Dividend Aristocrats
05:05
Global Dividend Aristocrats & European Dividend Aristocrats
Preview
04:43
Dividend Aristocrat ETFs Recap
2 pages
Putting All The Theory Together: The DIW - Model
03:59
13:08

Please find the template in attachment to the lecture!

DIW - Model: Case Study - The Coca - Cola Company (New as of Jan 1st 2016)
13:52
DIW - Model: Case Study - Parker Hannifin (New as of Jan 1st 2016)
07:24
What To Do When A Company Passes The Worthiness Test
03:46
Seeking Alpha
08:31
SWOT - Analysis + Case Study
08:45
Recap & Wrap-Up
02:42
Section 7: Monitoring Your Dividend Portfolio
What Will You Learn In This Section?
00:59
How To Keep Track Of Your Portfolio
02:19
How To Keep Up To Date On All Your Holdings
03:02
Knowing When To Sell: Introduction
02:09
Knowing When To Sell: Rule #1
10:24
Knowing When To Sell: Rule #2
02:16
Knowing When To Sell: Rule #3
02:34
Knowing When To Sell: Rule #4
01:21

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Instructor Biography

Ruben Merre, Management Consultant, Investment Adviser, PMP, M.Sc.

Ruben is an experienced management & strategy consultant and investment adviser. He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Engineering and two postgraduate degrees amongst which one in Investment advising & Advanced asset allocation. He has also been heavily involved in the implementation and go-to-market of the first Robo advisor in his country and as a subject matter expert (SME) in next generation robo advisors. 

Ruben's passion is investing in companies from a business – like vantage point, i.e. not merely guessing and speculating, but really trying to understand the business and when encountering an exceptional one, investing in it for the mid – to long term. He focuses mostly on value investing, growth investing and dividend growth investing.

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