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Risk and Money Management for Dividend Investors

Posted at Jan. 3, 2023, 4:21 p.m.

When it comes to investing, there are many methods that one can use to reach their financial goals. One of the most popular ways is dividend investing. By careful managing your money and bearing an appropriate level of risk in your portfolio, you can maximize the return on your investments while creating a steady source of income. In this blog post, we break down the basics of risk and money management when it comes to dividend investing so investors can make better-informed decisions about where to allocate their capital for long-term gain.

Timeframe for Dividend Stock Investment

Long-term investing in the stock market can provide you with reliable dividend income and reduce the uncertainty of unpredictable drawdowns. To further investigate this concept, let's review findings from "Finanzfluss" - a YouTube channel that studied rolling returns over 49 years on MSCI World data.

Source: Youtube - Finanzfluss

The graph shows that while returns may fluctuate, there is a trade-off between reducing the chances of realizing a loss and diminishing possible gains with longer-term investments. When looking at overall performance, it can be seen that we can expect an average of about 7.29% annual return from an investment in MSCI World - which leaves 2.69 % as its lowest possibility figure for worst-case scenarios. Knowing this information should guide our dividend portfolio strategy toward mitigating risk by the following key rule:

Investing for the long term is often recommended by financial experts, and that can mean ten years or more. However, this does not preclude you from making adjustments along the way; it’s important to stay active in monitoring your investments and reacting when something significantly changes with one of them.

Diversification within Industries and the Number of Stocks

When facing stock market turbulence, different securities react differently. Airlines and chemical companies tend to benefit from a drop in oil prices as they must regularly buy the commodity for their operations; thus, boosting share value. On the other hand, this creates losses for oil producers who suffer when rates fall. By diversifying your portfolio with various types of assets you can reduce total fluctuations by offsetting gains or losses between stocks instead relying on one class alone. Knowing this information should guide our dividend portfolio strategy toward mitigating risk by additional following key rules:

  1. Diversifying across industries is another critical component – allocating no more than 10% of a portfolio size into an industry group helps manage risk within investing strategies.
  2. Lastly, individual stock positions should never exceed 10% allocation as well - including any cash reserves held explicitly for dividend portfolios.

Tips: Our chance-to-risk ratio allows investors to make informed decisions, ensuring that the average return is greater than potential losses. Selecting stocks with a risk ratio of 0 or higher reduces risks even further while paying attention to maximum drawdown assures dramatic price drops in the future. Taking these precautions can help protect your investments from extreme volatility.

Combine Additional Key Ratios as a Dividend Investor

To assist you in taking an informed approach to dividend stock selection, I'd like to bring in some important indicators that could help minimize risk, especially as a dividend investor. Read on for more information about these factors - it's covered in the preceding chapter!

When researching stocks, always pay close attention to the dividend history for stability. A Dividend Quality Ratio of 0.5 or greater is ideal since this indicates a higher likelihood of consistency in dividend payments over time; anything lower than zero should be avoided altogether.

When considering equity ratios, opt for those with the least amount of leverage. A ratio higher than 40 percent is generally deemed desirable; however, a comparative analysis of competitors will give you an even more comprehensive understanding to determine if your chosen company's equity rating meets standard requirements or exceeds expectations.

Finally, consider the operating cash flow combined with dividends - low figures here are an indicator of greater future security regarding your dividends!

Closing Words to this chapter and Resume

  • Even though past performance is no guarantee of future success. We use this data, to ensure the creation of a stable portfolio and dividend income as much as possible.
  • When faced with falling stock prices for companies that could be good dividend candidates – it may not feel like the best time to buy in but this can provide an excellent opportunity.
  • Additionally, maintain 20% or more of your investment funds as cash reserves so that when such opportunities present themselves - you're ready to take advantage.


  • Just invest money that can be held longer than 5 better longer than 10 years
  • Do not invest more than around 10 % in one industry
  • Maximum investment per stock should not exceed 10 % of your portfolio
  • Try to hold and recreate around 20 % cash reserve to buy possible opportunities