A Quick Tour of the Site  
 
  This is the main landing page for Dividend Studio.

Login Interface: The login interface is located in the upper right hand corner of the page. From this small window, you can also create an account profile if you have not done so yet.

Site Navigation Buttons: Across the top section, there is a row of navigation buttons. Many of these are not available unless you create an account profile and log in. The Search button is available to anyone to run a search through the stock database and display results.

Content Window: The content portion of this page displays some basic instructions for using the site, and a list of tutorial articles for using the site to its greatest potential.
 
 
   
 
  Clicking the 'Search' button brings you to the search screen shown below.

Search Bar: A small search bar is located at the top of the search fields region, allowing you to directly display information about a specific ticker symbol, or retrieve a list of stocks using a name search. This row also displays the current number of stocks in the database.

Search Query Fields: The query fields give you the flexibility to define your search as wide or narrow as you like. None of the fields are required to contain data in order to perform a search. If you do enter search criteria, the web site will remember your search settings for additional searches during a session. Click the 'Search' button at the bottom of the screen to run your search.

Order By: Use the 'Order By' drop down selector to change the way your search results output is displayed. The default setting (Yield) will cause your output to display stocks in order of the highest yield.

Example: In the example below, we are searching for stocks with a yield between 4% and 8%, a 1 year dividend growth rate of at least 10%, and a 1 year chowder value of 12%. We also specified to exclude MLPs from the results.
 
 
   
 
  Here we see the results of our search. Each stock meeting the criteria we specified is listed in a spreadsheet style list.

Ticker: The ticker column on the far left is a link. If you click on the ticker symbol, you will be taken to the details page showing all price, dividend history, a chart, and a comments forum for that stock.

I Own / I Want: The two columns of check boxes are available for you to add any stock on the list to either your 'Portfolio' list or your 'Want' list. If you check one or both of the boxes for a stock, if will be added to the respective list immediately without leaving the search output page. If a stock is already in one of your lists, it will already be checked for you in this list.

Color Coding: If it turns out that you already have a stock in your Portfolio or Want lists, the row will be color coded for easy identification. A green row means it is already in your Portfolio list. A yellow row means it is already in your Want list. If a stock is in both your Portfolio and your Want lists, it will be colored yellow. Examples of all of these possibilities is shown below.

CCC: The CCC column indicates whether the stock is currently on David Fish's CCC list, published monthly. A Champion is a stock that has paid 25 straight years or more of increasing dividends. A Contender is a stock that has paid 10 to 24 straight years of increasing dividends. A Challenger is a stock that has paid 5 to 9 straight years of increasing dividends.

Dividend Growth Data: After the yield column, there are 2 columns indicating the 1 year dividend growth rate and the average dividend growth rate (for years in our history database). This helps you to see if the stock is consistently growing their dividend year over year.

Chowder: The Chowder number is a concept that was coined from Seeking Alpha user 'Chowder'. It is simply the stocks current yield plus the 5 year average dividend growth rate. Dividend Studio has modified this a bit on our site by using the 1 year dividend growth rate instead of the average.

Pay Cycle: The Pay Cycle indicates which months the stock pays dividend payments. This is useful for people who want to balance their stock dividends to provide a more consistant cash flow month to month.
 
 
   
 
  If you clicked on the ticker link for ticker STX in the previous search results list, you would see the following details screen.

Comments View Button: In the upper left portion of the display, there is a 'Comments View' button which you can click to enter the comments forum for this stock. In this forum, you can interact with other users.

Stock Information: The left side of the display lists the company information, price, current dividend and yield, payment details, and sector/industry information. A note at the bottom indicates when the information was last updated and how often it gets updated.

I Own / I Want: This page also has check boxes for indicating whether you own or want the stock. Just like on the search results list, these checkboxes will immediately update your Portfolio and Want lists.

Interactive Chart: An interactive chart of the stock is shown on the right side of the screen. Using your mouse wheel over the chart, you can zoom in or out to change the time scale. You can drag the mouse left or right over the chart to change the time frame.

Dividend History: The bottom part of the display shows the yearly dividend history. The dividend amount is split between regular dividend payments and special payments. The 1 year dividend growth rate is calculated for each year. If the dividend was raised, the Incr Month column indicates which month the payment was increased. Additional notes are provided if there were any other raises, dividend cuts, or anything worth noting for the year.

 
 
   
 
  The next screen shows the Portfolio view which you would see if you clicked on the 'My Portfolio' button in the site navigation bar.

Portfolio View: The overall display is a spreadsheet style list of all the stocks you have indicated are in your Portfolio. The ticker symbols are live links that will take you to that stocks display page.

Sort by: In the small search header bar you will find a drop-down where you can select the sort order. In the example shown below, we have decided to sort our list by each stocks 'Chowder' number.

I Own / I Want: This page also has check boxes for indicating whether you own or want the stock. Just like on the search results list, these checkboxes will immediately update your Portfolio and Want lists.

Color Coding: Similar to other lists on the site, the row will be color coded for easy identification. In this case, we are viewing a Portfolio list, so almost all the rows will be colored green. The exception is any stocks which are also in your Want list; those will be colored yellow.

 
 
   
 
  The next screen shows the Want List view which you would see if you clicked on the 'My Want List' button in the site navigation bar.

Want List View: The overall display is a spreadsheet style list of all the stocks you have indicated that you Want. The ticker symbols are live links that will take you to that stocks display page.

Sort by: In the small search header bar you will find a drop-down where you can select the sort order. In the example shown below, we have decided to sort our list by each stocks 'Yield'.

I Own / I Want: This page also has check boxes for indicating whether you own or want the stock. Just like on the search results list, these checkboxes will immediately update your Portfolio and Want lists.

Color Coding: Similar to other lists on the site, the row will be color coded for easy identification. In this case, we are viewing a Want list, so all the rows will be colored yellow.

Buy Price / Buy Yield: Since this is a Want list, we have provided some simple controls to help you keep track of the Price or Yield that you want to act on each stock. If you enter a Buy Price, the Yield cell will update automatically for that Price. If you enter a Buy Yield, the Price cell will update automatically. Your data will be saved automatically for future viewing. When you refresh the report, if the stock is in your buy range (Price lower than the Buy Price, or Yield greater than the Buy Yield) the cells will be highlighted green to help you identify stocks that have reached your targets.

 
 
   
 
  Thats it for the Quick Tour. Explore on your own, there is a lot to see and do on the site. We will be creating additional tutorials soon to help introduce you to other features on the site.