|Personally, I have limited faith in my ability to project a year ahead, but my actual dividend growth (like 2017) continues to far outpace my long-term targets and even what I expect from one year to the next. Last year I projected 5% to, maybe, (but probably not) 6% growth in 2017. My preliminary growth numbers for 2017 are 7.6% to 8.0%.|
Before anyone gets jealous, my current yield is a very low 2.3% according to wikinvest, which I don't totally trust on current yield, as they use something like TTM figures, and I think most recent quarter is a better measure. Nevertheless, although my portfolio is not hugely dissimilar to rnsmth's (except for CEFs), I am significantly more concentrated--as Fidelity frequently reminds me. 55% of my portfolio is in AAPL (biggest by far), then LMT, JNJ, MCD. Yes, I know the perils, but I do tend to keep winners and sell losers.
I also have a full position in T and am double the S&P's weight in utilities, at 6%--which is probably a lot less than many here, at least those in retirement. My portfolio fits my eccentric personality though. I get more satisfaction out of "big raises" than out of a "higher salary." I think it is my lifelong preference for delayed gratification. So, I was very happy with 2017 and continue to expect lower dividend growth going forward. Maybe, I'll continue to be wrong there.
Continued good luck to everyone, a Happy New Year, and may 2018 be both healthful and prosperous for you.