For every swat of the bat, Williams found open turf 40% of the time (actually, 40.6% of the time) on average in 1941. No other baseball player has recorded a season-average percentage that high in the past 76 years.
The winningest teams win at a higher rate than the best hitters hit. The 1998 New York Yankees was the winningest team in the modern (162-game season) era with a 0.704 winning percentage.
The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the two winningest teams as I write. The Astros have a 0.675 winning percentage; the Dodgers, a 0.662 winning percentage. Both teams have won two-thirds of their games through nearly three months of baseball. (Good grief, we still have three more months to go until the playoffs.)
The best hitters in baseball are unable to hold their average above 0.500. They swing and miss more than half the time. As for the best baseball teams, they still lose a third of their games.
In light of those numbers, maybe you can appreciate our batting percentage.
We’re batting 0.824 with our dividend-paying investments. Of our closed dividend investments (ones we sold), 82.4% have closed at a profit.
How do we do it? How do we maintain such a high batting average?
Dividend Payments: A High Batting Average
It all distills to selection. We select only the best dividend stocks with the highest dividend yields. Dividend yields of 4% up to 33% are our goal. What’s more, these yields are based on one-time dividend payments. These are unique payments that occur unexpectedly. The best one-time payments are powerful signaling mechanisms. They signal better days ahead. Our batting percentage proves that.
When I say best, I mean the best. We’ll vet 15 to 20 of these one-time dividend payments per month. Of these one-time dividend payers, one or two at most are of investment grade. (And sometimes no one makes the grade.)
The dividend stocks that make the grade are bought soon after the dividend is declared. The shares frequently appreciate into the ex-dividend date, so we realize price appreciation from the start. We collect the dividend (so we collect income). We then collect additional share-price appreciation that occurs after the share price is adjusted lowed on the ex-dividend date.
Our system is straightforward and simple to implement. I readily concede this point. But don’t conflate simple with easy.
Just the Right Dividend Payments
The right dividend payment is key. We need a specific payment, paid in a specific amount, that’s paid by the right company. The right company must have a sound capital structure, ample liquidity, and encouraging business prospects. The dividend must add to the value proposition, not subtract from it.
We began investing for the right one-time dividend payments a year ago. Only 20 stocks have made the grade (out of the 200 we’ve vetted). We’ve closed 17 of these investments. Fourteen have been closed at a profit. We’re batting 0.824. I expect our average to climb in the coming months.
We’ve had a lot of winning swings. We’ve closed a lot of our dividend investments with significant gains. But there’s more to it. We’ve also hit for a lot of high-yield income. The average yield on our closed one-time investments has averaged 12.9%.
Care to up your average to the best in the game?
You’ll also learn how these same one-time dividend payments can up your income-yield and your income average. In some cases, it’s upped 10 times compared to the average income and yield received today.