Hi fellow dividend growth investors,
A while ago when I first started this journey as a white belt dividend growth investor seeking early retirement, I was used to play with screeners such as Finviz or others alike.
While there are great screeners out there, one thing was annoying me a lot. These screeners were coded mostly for technical analysts and not for dividend growth investors. So, I had to find another screener!
I wanted to be able to search by the dividend streak, the dividend growth over the last year, three years, five years and ten years… I wanted more!
I’ve searched the net for a while and was unable to find a free screener that suited my needs so I said to myself… well Allan… just code one!
So I did! It was my week-end project!
You can find my Ultimate Dividend Growth Stocks Screener here! For sure, it’s free to use!
When I was a kid and a teenager I used to do a lot of coding. I loved it and I had even coded a “downloader” to grab data from Yahoo Finance and export it into Excel where I had coded a technical analysis tool in VBA to figure out what were the best entry and exit points in a stock based on several technical analysis “theories”.
Unfortunately, I never found the Saint-Graal with all my experiments and never felt confident enough to invest based on these rules. So, disgusted, I quit both coding and thinking about the stock market as a place to invest my money in… until I found the dividend growth investing strategy several years later.
So, I stopped coding a lonnnnng long time ago… time flies! It’s crazy. This is to say that I haven’t been coding in a while and that I also used to code in VB, C++, BASICA, assembler, PASCAL and some other languages but I had never used MySql, PHP, ASP, JAVA or other new or more recent coding languages like these…
So I first searched the net to find pieces of code that I could put together only to realize that I couldn’t find what I was looking for… Until I found Kyle’s website.
His post was basic and assuming that we already had some knowledge in PHP, MySql and some other stuff but I was trilled. The guy had been able to code a nice Dog names screener based on several criteria that a user could input. Boom! That striked me. I could do the same but for dividend growth stocks.
But, would I be able to code a dividend growth stock screener?
I like challenges! So I spent my week-end going back to basics and learned PHP, MySql, CSS and HTML thanks to the great free tutorials of W3school. It’s not really different from the previous coding languages I had learned before.
We now have a basic dividend growth stocks screener. It’s basic but it’s working. It’s version 1.0 so don’t be too tough with me. I’ll expand it over the following days, weeks and months.
It will probably never be as great as Finviz’s one but at least it will provide more focused results to all of you dividend growth investors out there. All the stocks included in the database are dividend growth stocks only. So you won’t get non-dividend growth stocks in the results.
You can also filter US and Canadian dividend growth stocks!
Let me know what search criteria you’d want me to add and what data you’d want the search results page to output?
I’ll probably add at least the sectors pretty soon, maybe the industries too, maybe the moat… Should I add the dividend dates, the price/book, price/sales, chowder etc… Is it necessary since the information can easily be found elsewhere? After all, a screener is there to provide you with the names and tickers. The research could then be done elsewhere… Right?!
I’d like it to be more complete but at the same time, I don’t want it to be too complicated because I’ll have to maintain the database and keep it updated every month so if I need to fill everything by hand from 10 different sources then I know that at some point, I won’t do it anymore. 🙂
Let me know what are your thoughts and suggestions?
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