Real wealth is built over years, not months. And only by buying and patiently holding shares of financially healthy, growing companies can we realize the full benefit of a rising stream of dividends and the capital gains that flow with it.
Conrad’s Utility Investor has three model Portfolios. Our Conservative Holdings focus on best in class companies on target for consistent, reliable and robust earnings and dividend growth, with the idea that investors will harvest rather than reinvest dividends. Our Aggressive Holdings also generally assume a buy and hold approach, including harvesting dividends.
Worries about rising interest rates and inflation pressures have emerged as material headwinds for dividend paying stocks. As a result, the Dow Jones Utility Average has once again failed to break above long-standing upside resistance at its February 2020 all-time high. That makes it 19 months and counting since the DJUA has reached a new peak. And it’s a stark contrast to the S&P 500, which hit one just last month.
Last week, the Dow Jones Utility Average hit a new high for 2021. But unlike most market sectors, utilities as a group still can’t seem to get over the hump of making a new all-time high. And as this issue of CUI goes to post, the DJUA is still roughly 2 percent below where it crested in mid-February 2020.
Since the July issue went to post, the Dow Jones Utility Average has generally trended higher. The result is the half-year return of less than 3 percent has grown to over 9 percent. One key reason: Solid Q2 results and strong guidance updates issued by the average’s 15 members. That includes this month’s Aggressive Focus stock AES Corp (NYSE: AES).
The Aggressive Holdings returned an average of 7.95 percent in the first half of the 2021. Conservative Holdings came in at 5.28 percent, while Top 10 DRIPs did the best at 12.34 percent. The average return for all 41 stocks across the portfolios was 8.1 percent.
Perceived value always sets the price for stocks. And anyone who’s invested a while knows that can shift on a dime, as leaders and laggards trade places. Quality doesn’t change so quickly. That’s the health and growth of companies’ underlying businesses.
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