The Dogs of the Dow strategy is a simple, hands-off investment approach that says to buy the 10 highest yielding stocks in the Dow 30 at the start of each year.  With the calendar turning over from 2019 to 2020, below is a look at how the Dogs strategy performed in 2019.  As shown, the 10 Dogs posted a total return of 19.38% in 2019, which was below the 25% return for the Dow and well below the 28% that the 20 non-Dogs returned.  The biggest winner in the Dogs in 2019 was JP Morgan (JPM) with a gain of 47.27%, but Pfizer’s (PFE) decline of 6.92% really hurt overall performance.

The 20 non-Dogs were led by Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Visa (V), and United Tech (UTX), while Walgreens Boots (WBA) and 3M (MMM) were the two non-Dogs that fell in 2019.  Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to access our Trend Analyzer tool and track key trends in individual stocks and major ETFs.

Moving on to 2020, below is a list of this year’s Dogs of the Dow.  Eight of the ten Dogs from 2019 remain on the list, while 3M (MMM) and Walgreens Boots (WBA) — the two non-Dogs that fell in 2019 — have replaced JP Morgan (JPM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) — the two biggest gainers of the Dogs in 2019.  Dow Inc. (DOW) is the highest yielding Dog at 5.12%, followed by Exxon (XOM), IBM, and Verizon (VZ), which all have dividend yields above 4%.

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