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Dividend Stock Portfolio Building: How Big Should Your Stock Position Be?

You build a dividend stock portfolio one stock at a time. But how much should you buy the stock of a quality company until you stop? 

You might stop when the stock is no longer attractively priced or when you’ve bought a big enough position.

If you are relatively new to investing, you might be confused about these terms: “starter position”, “partial position”, and “full position”. I’ll explain them real soon (in the section after the next one).

Dividend Stock Portfolio Building Examples

Portfolio building is about spreading risks. You might refrain from buying more than 25% of your stock portfolio in a sector or 5% in a stock. For example, banks, insurance, and asset managers fall under the financial services sector. 

Under the 25% rule, these holdings cannot make up more than 25% of your portfolio when you make purchases. Under the 5% rule, you won’t have more than 5% in Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY) or Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM) when you buy their shares.

You might also limit how much you invest in a dividend stock by the yield it provides. For example, a high-yield dividend stock that pays a 10% yield could be risky. If so, you might only limit it to contribute to only 1% of your annualized income. It could be a great move to just avoid risky, high-yield stocks altogether. 

Not all high-yield stocks are risky. You’ll need to perform fundamental analysis on potential ideas to determine if they’re risky or not, given the economic condition or situation at the time. During a market crash, a nice bunch of quality dividend stocks could provide nice yields of 5-10%.

Here’s a concrete example. A new $11,000 dividend portfolio that’s focused on growth (or dividend growth) might look like this with $1,000 invested in each of the following:

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5 Key Stocks to Invest in 2020 and Beyond

Let’s cut to the chase. Here are the four types of stocks that you’ll want to be invested in 2020 and beyond. 

Rome, Italy. Image by Andrea Spallanzani from Pixabay

Tech stocks: e-commerce, cloud

Too many businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — some more so than others. Restaurants, tourism, and retailers have been more greatly impacted. On the contrary, the tech space has outperformed, as most tech companies operate in a growing pie. 

Particularly, you’ll want to invest in tech stocks that have exposure to e-commerce, cloud, or growing markets. Many of these stocks don’t pay a dividend, but investors should consider them for growth. 

Here are some examples: Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)(NASDAQ:GOOG), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), JD.com(NASDAQ:JD), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Tencent (TCEHY), etc. They have greatly outperformed the U.S. stock market in different time frames, but the chart below shows the past five years.

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Data by YCharts

Healthcare stocks

Healthcare is also another growth area you’ll want to stay invested in. There’s the megatrend of an aging population.  Additionally, healthy people want to stay healthy and sick people cannot go on without their drugs or medical devices. 

The most conservative investors would look into adding Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opportunistically as a core holding. Bristol-Myers (NYSE:BMY) is another quality dividend payer. JNJ yields 2.6%, while BMY yields 2.9%.

Abbott Labs (NYSE:ABT) and Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) are also A-grade healthcare stocks to consider on dips. 

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3 Top Dividend Stocks For 2020

Summary

  • 10 authors (including me) chose 1 top stock each for 2020.
  • I chose Pembina Pipeline as my top idea. I explain why below.
  • Earlier this month, I bought Pembina Pipeline and TD Bank for their safe ~4-5% yields and reasonable valuations.
  • I will consider buying Intact Financial in the future.

Ten contributors at Motley Fool Canada (including myself) put together a list of top Canadian stocks for 2020. My fellow colleague, Chris Liew, coincidentally chose the same top idea as me, so there are nine top stock ideas instead of ten.

My top stock for 2020 is Pembina Pipeline (TSX:PPL)(NYSE:PBA). Just like my top stock pick of Enbridge (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB) for December 2019, I chose Pembina as a defensive name that pays a nice dividend. They’re both energy infrastructure companies that generate cash flow that is quite stable

From the remaining 8 names, I also like TD Bank (TSX:TD)(NYSE:TD) as a solid dividend investment, while Intact Financial (TSX:IFC) is a quality business that I’d consider buying in the future.

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Pembina Pipeline yields 5%

Pembina offers nice monthly income and stable growth, which in combination, can deliver long-term total returns of roughly 10-13% per year.

Mick Dilger has been Pembina’s CEO since 2014 and before then, he was the company’s COO. Since 2014, the company has increased its operating cash flow per share by about 14.8% per year.

Pembina just completed the Kinder Morgan Canada acquisition earlier this month, which was ahead of schedule. Keeping its promise, Pembina increased its monthly dividend by 5%.

The forward yield is nearly 5.2% based on the higher monthly dividend of CAD$0.21 per share that will be declared in January 2020 and payable in February 2020.

Pembina has a track record of growing its profitability. It has increased its adjusted EBITDA over time. Based on its midpoint guidance, Pembina’s adjusted EBITDA per share will grow about 6.4% from 2019 to 2020.

graph showing Pembina Adjusted EBITDA from 2016-2020
Source: December 2019 Presentation (pdf), Slide 23

Pembina is a trustworthy dividend stock. It has maintained or increased its cash distribution or dividend every year since its income fund days as early as 1997. In late 2010, Pembina changed to a corporation. Since then, it has increased its dividend by almost 62%, while reducing its payout ratio over time.

The energy infrastructure company is committed to maintaining a payout ratio of less than 100% of fee-based distributable cash flow. This payout ratio is estimated to be roughly 78% in 2019, which is much lower than 2015’s 135%.

Therefore, Pembina stock has been increasing its dividend payout, while improving the safety of its monthly dividend.

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