When I was reviewing Metro Inc. (TSX-MRU, OTC-MTRAF) it made me think about the writers who say that when investing in dividend paying stock, it is best to choose ones with high dividend yields. This is a stock I have it for just over 11 years. I have made a total return of 19.92% per year on this stock.
If I look at my total returns, 92.6% is capital gains and just 7.4% is in dividends. The thing with low dividends is that you are more likely to get good dividend increases and this can help you grow your dividend income nicely.
For this stock the 5 and 10 years dividend growth is 15.8% and 13.37%. The most recent dividend increase is at 19.2%. I am earnings some 9.5% dividend yield on my original purchase price. Also dividends received to date have covered some 45.6% of the purchase price of this stock. However, I am earning just 1.3% on the current value of this stock.
Of course, I can sell some shares and pay capital gains tax on the increase of capital in this stock. Capital gains tax is relatively low compared to dividend tax. I am not ready to do that just yet, but it is a viable option.
Because higher dividend yields tend to come with lower dividend increases and lower dividend yields tend to come with higher dividend increases, I look at this as just another trade-off. So I have low, medium and high dividend yield stocks with high, medium and low dividend growth potential. I say dividend growth potential because there is not exact matchup between dividend yield and dividend growth.
I just bought Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX:-GS, OTC-GLUSF) which had both a good dividend yield of 4.4% and good growth at 12.1% and 14% per year over the past 5 and 8 years. On the other hand this stock has very low growth in its stock price, mainly because the stock price has gone up and down a lot. This stock also gives out a special dividend every year, so it will be interesting to see where this stock goes in the future.
On my other blog I wrote yesterday about Home Capital Group (TSX-HCG, OTC- HMCBF)... learn more. Tomorrow, I will write about Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX-REF.UN, OTC- CRXIF)... learn more on Friday, March 4, 2016.
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