Sunday, December 19, 2010

You Can Always Upgrade


Another great benefit to being a dividend investor is the ability to upgrade your cash flow from your holdings.  How does one "upgrade your cash flow"?  I will begin my lecture...

First, when I purchase a stock for its dividend cash flow, I will typically buy it when it is undervalued/cheap compared to its historical share prices, its industry and top competitors.  Therefore, I hope to get the prime time for the dividend cash flow.  As we know, dividend yield is calculated as this: Dividend Per Share/ Price Per Share.  Therefore, if you get $1.00 per year in Dividends and the price is $10 per share, you are yielding 10% off your stock.  If the stock jumps to $20 per share, you only yield 5%.  This segways into my next step.

So you have bought that great, consistently paying dividend-stock at a special undervalued price.  Now when that price per share starts to rise, the yield/interest is in reverse - it lowers (all else remaining constant, such as dividend payment).  In the meantime, you have noticed another great/sound company that has always paid a strong, consistent dividend that has had their stock hit due to an external factor the company couldn't control.  Therefore, their share price drops and their yield rises.  In fact, their yield now is higher than your price-appreciated stock you currently hold.

Therefore, you have a few options when it comes to dividend investing.  If you have extra cash to invest, you can obviously place it into that new company that you do not current own yet.  If you do not have access to extra funds, you therefore can do this: Sell your stock that you held, which had risen in share price thus has a lower yield.  Then, you can purchase the new company who has had their stock hit and now has a higher dividend yield, thus would provide you more cash flow.  This, in my book, is upgrading your cash flow.  An explanation of the benefits...

The benefits:  You have taken advantage of the stock appreciation from your first purchase.  Therefore, say the stock price you bought in with $1000 was at $10 per share, owning 100 shares that each produce $1 in dividends per year; thus giving you a $100 per year cash flow.  Then, the price jumped to $20, displaying a $2000 market value investment, still owning 100 shares, still having that $100 cash flow.  In the meantime XYZ corporation has had their stock plummet from $20 per share to $10 per share, with each share providing a $1 per year cash dividend.  Therefore, you sell your 100 shares for $2,000.00 (of course brokerage fees and either LT/ST capital gain taxes play in effect) and simultaneously buy XYZ Corporation stock for $10 per share.  This gives you 200 shares at $10 per share and increases your cash flow to $200 per year.  That is a 100 percent return/increase to your cash flow.

Now that is called Upgrading Your Cash Flow.  It does take guts, timing and investor preference to take these actions.  Please consult yourself, your advisers and any other sources of information before making a decision to do such an action as stated above.  I hope that this article has helped explain some techniques that are used in the market that one can possibly take advantage of.  Thanks for your attention and feel free to comment or message if you have any questions.

-Lanny B.

Disclosure: I do not recommend anything that you do not feel comfortable with, as this is your sole decision.  This is actual data, analysis, however I base no investor recommendation.  My direction is different from anyone else's.  Thank you for your understanding.

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