Micro Blog #16: A Brand New Dividend Stock Tool For You To Try For Free

I've been testing a new dividend stock screener tool. It's called "The Dividend Growth Screener".

The tool is based in Germany and so is the developer/owner. I was contacted by the developer to help him test it for the US audience. In return, I get the full complementary access to it ;) But don't fret, there is an option for you to get a free limited access as well. I will talk about it at the end of this post.

I'm still at the initial stages of testing this tool, but the more I try it, the more I like it. If you follow me, you know I love FastGraphs which is one of the best tools I've seen for stock fundamental analysis. However, FastGraphs is not free and the basic subscription costs about  $16/month. This new tool is not only free (w/ limited features) but its full membership is cheaper than the FastGraphs' basic membership of $16/mo.

Besides the price, what I like about this new tool is that it contains some of the same elements of FastGraphs such as stacked graphing capabilities of various stock metrics such as EPS, FCF, dividends, P/E, but in addition, it also includes metrics such as revenue, assets, debt and a very powerful screener and a cool dividend calendar. I'm showing screenshots of all of those features in this post.

Anyway, I'm not here to sell you the tool, I just want to give it some visibility through my blog as I like what the tool can do. There is still some work and improvements needed to the tool, so it's a good time to give it a try and share any feedback here with me or directly with the tool developer.

Without further due, here is an example of the screener window:

You can not only see the stocks listed based on filter settings that you set such as dividend yield, growth, years of dividend payments, etc. but you can see various indicators such as if the stock is a dividend streaker or an aristocrat or if it has an increasing or decreasing EPS or CF. There is a huge amount of information displayed in the main screener window.

And here is how you set what information you want to screen for the stocks. You can even create your own watchlist based on the screened stock list:

This is the part I love the best about the tool, the ability to graphically see various metrics and fundamentals of a selected stock. Here is EPS, dividend payout ratio, and dividend history of Target Corporation's stock, all in one graph:
A user can turn-on/off which ever metrics he/she wants to see at any given time. So, if I just want to see dividends vs. OCF, I can do that with a simple click:

In the following graph, I turned-on all the metrics available in one single graph. I can see the relationships of EPS to Dividend payouts, EPS to OCF and FCF, all in one chart.

I also love the Revenue and Margin metrics as displayed in the graph below. Again, I can turn on/off any of these metrics if I want to focus on a single metric or just a few.

Here is a valuation graph. It helps you see how the current P/E relates to historic 10 years P/E. You can also do the same with OCF and Dividend yield.

Fair value evolution graph is another nice feature of this tool. You can see graphically how the fair value as a function of growth, P/E, OCF, Dividends evolves over time, in addition to the estimated values for the two years.
All the above charts have Zoom feature that allows you to zoom into any specific region of the chart. There is a cursor/text-box that shows up as you hover your mouse over the chart. It can be a bit annoying at times, that's something I want to see changed.

The tool also includes a neat dividend calendar:

Here is a summary of the core features of this tool and the three membership tiers. The first two tiers are free: Guest and Member. The main difference between these two tiers is how many stocks you can access in the database for free. Also for Guest service you don't even need to register.

Frankly, I don't see the point of being a Guest, if you want to try the tool, just register as a member, it's free. You only need to give your email and set your username and password. That's it!

Full Membership is where you get full access to the entire stock database. As I mentioned earlier, it is cheaper than the FastGraphs' basic membership. The Full Membership is at 99 euros for the year, which comes out to about $10/mo. This is about $6 cheaper than FastGraphs. So a great deal in my opinion.

Known Issues/Limitations:

  • REITs are not fully covered yet as there is an issue with the FFO reporting. The tool owner is working to resolve it. So for now, just limit your queries to standard C-Corp stocks.
  • Only basic EPS are reported and not Adjusted/Normalized. Maybe something that can be added later. I need to ask the developer about it.

I believe the above issues are temporary as the tool is still evolving and improvements being made daily.

Give it a try and let me know in your comments how you like it or if there is a feature you want to see added or changed. I'll sure to forward it to the developer.

Here is a link to the tool: The Dividend Growth Screener. Enjoy!!!


  1. Looks very solid. Is there a way to embed some of the results? I would like to embed one or two images with back links to https://dividendstocks.cash. Take a look at Gurufocus, it allows something similar.

    1. Yeah, I've used html embeded graphs before, I know what you are talking about. Currently, the tool doesn't support embedding graphs or screens. Maybe something that can be added, I will check.

      Currently, the way to embed is the same as FastGraphs' method, which is to simply cut & paste. Though, the tool's "Terms of Usage" currently does not allow copying or republishing of any of the tool's contents or results. I had to get the permission from the author to be able to post the tool's content in my blog or twitter account.

      I'm asking him if he could relax the term of usage to allow for embedding/cut-paste tool's results as long as due credit is given. Similar to FastGraphs model.

    2. Hi,

      I wasn't aware that I need to explicitly allow the usage of screenshots and alike. But, yes, it's correct to give the people certainty about this. I just added a short paragraph to the terms of use:

      "You are allowed to publish screenshots of stock related data (metrics, charts) within the financial community. This includes blogs entries and other publications on financial plattforms. Please refer to DividendsStocks.Cash website when doing so."

      I hope that's fine,


    3. Yes that should be sufficient. Thanks.

  2. Interesting Mr. ATM. I think that this is the gentleman that stopped by DD the other day and commented on my stock selection criteria? I briefly read some of his new blog and thought it made sense (he compared the virtues of MMM vs T), but I didn't pursue it further. I will be interested to see what you think about it since we share a lot of common views on stock selection (assuming we are talking about the same gent. and same model). Tom

    1. Yes Tom l’ve read his blog where he compares MMM with T.

      Now keep in mind his blogs are written to highlight his tool and in that post he is simply making a point that PE and yield are simply snapshot metrics and should not be used alone to pick stocks. Instead since price tracks earnings in the long term, mmm would have been better price growth stock and you would have seen that if you used his tool.

      Now to make that point he picked a growth stock and a unregulated utility which l believe is an unfair comparison but it serves a purpose to highlight his tool.

      When it comes to picking a stock it really comes down to what one wants. Do you want growth or income or little bit of both?

      Utilities tend to pay higher yield because they have slower growth. So they have to compensate investors for lack of growth.

      T has been a pseudo utility for the past 20 years, we can’t expect it to grow like MMM. But we do expect it to pay us more current income.

      Now moving forward T is trying to transform into a growth stock, so we will see how that goes.

      I buy T not for what it has done the past 20 years but what it is about to do in the coming years and while l wait for it to happen l get paid 5.5% yield.

      So knowing what one wants from their investment should be a key factor in picking a stock and not merey comparing metrics.

      Also comparing metrics are useful within the same industry when picking one stock over another, given one knows their investment objectives.

      At least that’s what l think.

    2. Hi,

      yes, I guess that was me :)

      I agree, that the comparison between MMM and T is as unfair as a comparison between AMZN and MMM. It is written for educational purposes only. I often notice that people

      1) over-estimate dividends to the disadvantage of capital gains
      2) think that you can only rely on dividends. Capital gains are seen as just a matter of luck

      I try to show that this is not true. At least for long term investors with a diversified portfolio. In my opinion, you can only make a sound decision what you want (income <=> growth) if you understood some basic things like these.



    3. Thanks Torsten, l agree with you, people need to know the basics of investing before able to distinguish between growth vs income.

      Problem is some people expect the wrong kind of return from a wrong kind of stock, that’s not a stock’s fault. That’s their fault of not doing due deligence

      Know what you are buying and whether it would meet your objectives. That’s the bottom line.

  3. Interesting discussion guys. Appreciate it. My investing priorities are the pursuit of income, income growth and capital appreciation in that order. Usually I find if I get the income growth right the capital appreciation will follow. Although I consider each stock individually when I buy it, I also look at the overall portfolio. Some stock holdings will be more income less income growth (T) and visa versa (MMM). That said, I have looked at MMM so many times and unfortunately never pulled the trigger. On the other hand, I do have some MMM like winners in my holdings. Tom

    1. Thanks for sharing Tom. I have a similar priority as yours.

      I prefer higher current income over higher income growth given my current situation. However l would not buy or add to a position that has stopped growing its dividend. I also don’t worry much about cap gains as long as my income objectives are met.

  4. I like Torsten's site and graphs. I had been working with him for a few months as well. Thinking of ways to improve the functionality or add new features that may provide more value. I think he has come up with some great stuff. The dividend calendar alone is pretty nice for a quick visual representation of payouts which fulfills a need that for some reason is hard to find anywhere. I always look forward to new updates. Keep up the good work Torsten and thanks for sharing Mr. ATM!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I was a little bit distracted and just noticed your comment right now. Based on input of Mr. ATM I finally integrated US-REITs and I also integrated adjustments of earnings.

      @Mr. ATM: just added KIM REIT from your list!


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