Year 2009 was the first time that I made my goals public. It has been a truly a roller coaster ride. The year started with equity markets going down steeply, and then it came back up quite significantly. Throughout the year I continued to add good quality dividend growth stocks in my portfolio. So how did my dividend portfolio perform with reference to my goals set at begin of 2009? The table below shows the summary of parameters at end of year 2009. The portfolio now has:
(1) Dividend Cash flow is $2221 (2008: $1358, Target: $3000);
While I continued to increase year-over-year dividends, I missed my goal by large margin. The primary reason I missed my goal is desire to maintain asset allocation and valuations. Many of the stocks that I would like to buy have had significant run ups and hence the valuations did not justify buying them. In the beginning of 2009, when I had identified my goals, I had not anticipated this level of change in the market pricing. For year 2010, I have set my dividend cash flow goals at $3200. continue reading rest of the article….