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Ferrellgas Partners (FGP): Another Lesson on Dividend Safety

I get a lot of questions about master limited partnerships (MLPs) when it comes to the topic of dividend safety.   Many dividend investors are attracted by the high yields and steady cash flows offered by MLPs.   A number of these businesses have paid uninterrupted dividends for decades as well.   However, like any [...]

September 30th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Phillips 66 (PSX): Warren Buffett’s New Favorite Dividend Growth Stock

Warren Buffett is history’s greatest investor, and so when his company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), takes a major stake in a company the world takes notice.   Investors can read analysis of all of Warren Buffett’s dividend-paying stocks here.   Over the past few months Berkshire has increased its stake in Phillips 66 (PSX), to 79.5 [...]

September 28th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, Warren Buffett|

HP Inc (HPQ): Safe Dividend Growth or a Value Trap?

Back in 1939, long before Steve Jobs, there were two guys in Palo Alto, Bill Hewlett and David Packard.  Armed with less than $600, they started a small electronics testing company.   Over the next 70+ years, Hewlett-Packard grew into one of the world’s largest technology firms with over $100 billion in annual sales.   [...]

September 27th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

Chevron (CVX): How Safe is the Dividend?

Chevron (CVX) looks enticing when taking a cursory look at the historical dividend statistics.   The stock currently yields around 4.3% and has provided highly reliable dividend growth over the years.   Chevron’s dividend has increased by 7.8% per year over the last 20 years and by 8.5% annually over the last five years.   [...]

September 26th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs: Which is Better for Dividends?

For investors looking to build a dividend-paying nest egg for their golden years, an individual retirement account (IRA) is the most common arrangement.   Any number of investment options may be placed within an IRA, and in exchange for showing some initiative and taking on part of the responsibility of financing your own retirement, Uncle [...]

September 23rd, 2016|Dividend Investing|

9 Financial Planning Tips for Responsible Living

If you weren’t born into riches, chances are that you’ve had to grow up and get a job to earn the money you need to survive.   Particularly if you’ve formed a family along the way, it’s important to do what you can to protect the money you’re earning, the money you’re saving, and the [...]

September 21st, 2016|Dividend Investing|

SeaWorld (SEAS) Cuts Dividend Over 50% – Dividend Safety Score: 3

SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) was the latest company to announce a dividend cut, dropping the news yesterday evening.   SeaWorld declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share, which is down more than 50% from its previous quarterly dividend of 21 cents per share.   After the next quarterly payment, SeaWorld will completely suspend its dividend. [...]

September 20th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Qualcomm (QCOM): Safe, Growing Dividends and a Solid Yield

Qualcomm (QCOM) has metrics that make many dividend investors salivate.   The company offers a 3.4% yield, has increased its dividend every year since 2003, and has recorded annual dividend growth in excess of 20% over the last five years.   Furthermore, Qualcomm’s stock is down roughly 25% from its 2014 highs and trades around 16.5x [...]

September 19th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Meredith (MDP): 23 Straight Years of Dividend Growth and a High Yield

Meredith Corporation (MDP) has never exactly been a household name, but many of its brands are.   The company is an old school magazine business that has been a chameleon over the years, constantly evolving and growing into a $1.6 billion multimedia powerhouse with a lineup of television stations, magazines, websites, and online apps.   [...]

September 15th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Annuities: Pros and Cons Versus Dividend Stocks

Protecting the money you’ve worked so hard to save is one of the most important priorities, particularly if you are nearing, or have already begun, your retirement.   Considering the myriad of available investment options, it’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed.   Two of the most common choices for maximizing retirement savings are dividend [...]

September 13th, 2016|Dividend Investing, Retirement Income|

Apple (AAPL): Reviewing One of Warren Buffett’s New Dividend Stocks

Apple (AAPL) is a blue chip stock that recently reinstated the dividend. Since becoming a dividend payer again in 2012 (it was suspended from 1996-2011), they have increased the quarterly dividend by 50% from 38 cents per share to 57 cents.   With a relatively low payout ratio, high returns on invested capital, and an extremely valuable [...]

September 12th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Disney (DIS): 3 Risks to Consider Despite the Strong Dividend Growth

Disney (DIS) is one of the most iconic companies in the world and has rewarded shareholders with 11.7% annual dividend growth over the last 20 years.   However, that hasn’t stopped the stock from slumping more than 20% since hitting an all-time high in late 2015.   Today, Disney’s stock trades for about 15.3x forward [...]

September 9th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

C.H. Robinson (CHRW): Quality Dividend Growth at a Reasonable Price

C.H. Robinson (CHRW) has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years and rewarded shareholders with double-digit annual dividend growth over the last decade.   The company’s dividend scores strong marks for safety and growth, and its business model generates excellent free cash flow in practically every economic environment.   With large and fragmented markets and numerous competitive [...]

September 8th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

REIT Taxes: A Short Lesson on Real Estate Investment Trust Taxation

Since their inception in 1960, Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, have become an extremely popular option for income investors because of their reliable payouts and immense capital appreciation potential.   However, REIT taxes are an important issue to understand.   Conservative investors often favor REITs over traditional stocks because variables that typically have a [...]

September 7th, 2016|REIT|