Dogs and Dow

What Are Dogs of the Dow?

“Dogs of the Dow” is an investment strategy that attempts to beat the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) each year by leaning portfolios toward high-yield investments. The general concept is to allocate money to the 10 highest dividend-yielding, blue-chip stocks among the 30 components of the DJIA.

This strategy requires re-balancing at the beginning of each calendar year.


  • The Dogs of the Dow is a well-known strategy first published in 1991.
  • The strategy attempts to maximize the yield of investments by buying the highest-paying dividend stocks available from the DJIA each year.
  • The strategy’s track record shows that it beat the index during the 10-year stretch that followed the financial crisis.

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