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Dividend Safety Analysis: Cisco (CSCO)

Are there any dividend stocks you are considering buying but want to be sure their dividends are safe before going any further?   Leave a comment at the end of this article with a stock you would like me to evaluate for dividend safety.   This week, I will be taking a look at the [...]

July 29th, 2016|High Safety|

Is Caterpillar’s Dividend Still Safe?

After failing to increase its dividend in June like it has in past years and continuing to report double-digit declines in sales and earnings this week, Caterpillar has many dividend investors wondering about the safety of its current payout.   Caterpillar’s revenue has declined from $66 billion in 2012 to a projected $40 billion in [...]

July 27th, 2016|Dividend Investing, High Safety|

Top 20 Holding Linear Technology (LLTC) Spikes 29% on Takeover Bid

Linear Technology (LLTC) is a company I have owned in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio since July 2015. Since initiating a position in the company, LLTC's stock has returned more than 50%.   News surfaced this afternoon that Analog Devices (ADI) was planning to make a bid to acquire Linear Technology. LLTC's stock jumped nearly 30% [...]

July 26th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Warren Buffett’s Top 10 Pieces of Investment Advice

Warren Buffett’s investment advice is timeless. I have lost track of the number of investing mistakes I have made over the years, but almost all of them fall into one of the 10 buckets of investment tips given by Warren Buffett below.   By keeping Buffett’s investment advice in mind, investors can sidestep some of [...]

July 25th, 2016|Warren Buffett|

Automatic Data Processing (ADP): 41 Straight Years of Dividend Increases

With more than four consecutive decades of dividend increases, Automatic Data Processing (ADP) is one of my favorite dividend aristocrats.   The company’s excellent dividend growth track record is the result of its reliable business model.   ADP benefits from providing mission-critical services, generating a high percentage of recurring revenues, maintaining a strong client retention [...]

July 23rd, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, High Growth|

Accenture (ACN): A Quality Dividend Stock With Solid Safety & Growth Potential

Accenture (ACN) is the type of high quality dividend growth stock I like to own in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   The company has raised its dividend every year since it began paying one in 2005, recording annual dividend growth greater than 20% during that time period.   Accenture’s dividend scores extremely high [...]

July 18th, 2016|High Growth|

Verizon (VZ): A High Yield Dividend Stock Owned by Warren Buffett

Verizon (VZ) is one of Warren Buffett’s high-yield dividend stocks. The company has paid dividends for more than 30 years and has increased its dividend for over 10 straight years.   Paying uninterrupted dividends for as long as Verizon has is usually the sign of a durable company.   Verizon is a blue-chip dividend stock [...]

July 14th, 2016|High Yield|

Yield on Cost: How to Calculate and Apply It

Yield on cost is a common metric cited by dividend investors as they measure and manage their portfolios.   But is yield on cost really one of the most important financial ratios for successful dividend investing?   In this article, I will provide my definition of what yield on cost is, show how to calculate [...]

July 8th, 2016|Dividend Investing|