"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."
Other things to consider are the company's revenues and earnings. These are important to me when analyzing securities because consistent increases in revenues and earnings tell me that management is competent at managing the company. It also creates and expectation that management will continue to keep those revenues and earnings increasing well into the future. This is obviously important because all future dividends will be paid for out of the future revenues and earnings.
And the more revenues and earnings that are generated, the more money that's deposited into my account.
"Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in."
At the end of each week, and in addition to the above, I like to review the daily dividend announcements that occurred over the previous 5 business days. While reviewing these, I especially take note of the dividends that have increased. That's because companies that increase their dividend will very quickly grab my attention. These organizations are the companies that may have the potential to become real winners.
I've performed this routine weekly for quite a few years, so on the 15th of February 2014 I began adding these dividend increases to this website in one of the "Investing" drop down menus (Dividend Increases). I added this section to this website so I can quickly find and review those increases from any laptop or mobile device I happen to be using at any given time.
By reviewing the weekly lists of dividend increases I'm able to easily sort through the many companies that raise dividends each year. I could alternately go through the lists of Dividend Champions, Dividend Contenders, and Dividend Challengers but that would entail way too much time for me to reveiw on a weekly or monthly basis, especially when a majority of those companies will never meet my requirement for a 2.5% dividend and annual dividend increases greater than inflation.
So on the weekends, when I'm looking for new ideas and new companies to research, I spend at least some time reviewing the weekly dividend increases that have occurred. I've found, over the years, that this exercise can be a very interesting and financially beneficial activity to start looking for new buys.
Hopefully other investors can use this same information to find their own little investment gems. Good Luck and Good Trading.