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StoneMor Partners (STON): Another Lesson on Dividend Safety

StoneMor Partners (STON) was the latest master limited partnership (MLP) to shock investors with a distribution cut (learn about the main risks of investing in MLPs here).   After increasing its distribution each year since 2005, Stonemor announced last week that its third quarter distribution would be reduced by 50% to 33 cents per share.   [...]

October 31st, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Citigroup (C): Speculative Megabank or Future Dividend Growth Machine?

Citigroup (C) more than tripled its quarterly dividend earlier this year, but few people can forget the terror of the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Unlike our favorite recession-resistant dividend stocks, some of the world’s largest financial institutions were on the brink of utter collapse and threatened to plunge the global economy into a prolonged depression.   [...]

October 28th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

What Dividend Investors Need to Know about AT&T’s Time Warner Acquisition

AT&T (T) recently agreed to acquire Time Warner (TWX), and this deal has a number of implications for dividend investors.   AT&T believes it is buying “the world’s best premium content” and now has the largest film and TV studio in the world. Assuming the deal isn’t blocked by regulators, Time Warner will represent roughly [...]

October 27th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Starbucks (SBUX): One of the Best Dividend Growth Stocks in the Market

Since its founding in Seattle in 1985, Starbucks (SBUX) has grown into the world’s largest coffee empire and the 67th most valuable brand on earth. Along the way, Starbucks’ amazing growth story has made countless investors amazingly rich.   For example, $10,000 invested in Starbucks 20 years ago would today be worth $283,520.03 compared to [...]

October 24th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

CenturyLink (CTL): Safe Dividend Income or a High-Yield Telecom Trap?

Telecom companies have long been a favorite among income investors thanks to their utility-like business models, which make for steady cash flow and allow for generous, secure, and slowly growing dividends (learn about the best sectors for dividend income here).   With global interest rates at their lowest levels in human history, it’s understandable why high-yield [...]

October 21st, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

British Petroleum (BP): A High-Yielding Dividend Oil Stock to Avoid

With the current oil crisis dragging on far longer than initially anticipated, many big oil dividend stocks such as BP, Chevron (CVX), and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) are offering tantalizing high-yields.   However, given the capital intensive nature of this business, the cyclical nature of the industry, and the unpredictable nature of crude and natural [...]

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

Building a Dividend Retirement Portfolio: A Real-Life Story

Many of us are managing dividend portfolios designed to deliver safe retirement income.   I oversee our Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio, which is designed for people living off dividends in retirement.   Safe dividends, income growth in excess of the rate of inflation, and low volatility are some of the main goals of any retirement [...]

October 19th, 2016|Dividend Investing, Retirement Income|

Welltower (HCN): A High-Yield Medical REIT Blue Chip

A great way of building long-term wealth is to ride secular mega-trends. One of the largest of these is the aging of America’s population, which is expected to see the population of those of 75 years of age double over the next two decades.   Source: Welltower Investor Presentation   Thanks to improvements in medical [...]

October 18th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

What HCP’s Upcoming Spin Off Means For Dividend Investors

HCP Inc. (HCP)’s 30-year dividend growth streak has long made it the darling of high-yield dividend growth investors.   HCP is also the only real estate investment trust (REIT) in the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index. Investors can view analysis on all of the dividend aristocrats here.   Source: Simply Safe Dividends   However, [...]

October 14th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

A Guide to Conservative Income Producing Option Strategies for Dividend Stocks

With interest rates at their lowest point in history, once safe income-producing assets such as 10- and 30-year Treasury bonds have seen their yields plunge to pitiful rates that are just high enough to keep up with inflation.   And while high-quality, dividend growth blue chips such as Pfizer (PFE), Coca-Cola (KO), Procter & Gamble [...]

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

Pfizer (PFE): Safe and Steady Dividends

Pfizer (PFE) is a blue-chip dividend stock that has paid a consistent dividend for multiple decades.   Furthermore, over the last 20 years the total dividends paid per share has increased at a nearly 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).   In recent years, however, Pfizer’s total dividend growth rate has slowed and the payout [...]

October 12th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

ExxonMobil (XOM): Safe Haven for Oil Dividend Investors During the Oil Crash

ExxonMobil (XOM) is the ultimate blue chip stock in the oil patch, but even it hasn’t been spared the carnage of what’s being called the worst oil crash in nearly 50 years.   So naturally, many conservative investors living off dividends are wondering how safe this legendary oil giant’s dividend really is.   Let’s take [...]

October 10th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

Interview With Portfolio Manager and Dividend Book Author Tim McIntosh

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tim McIntosh. Tim has been managing money since 1999, is a Certified Financial Planner, has authored a handful of investing books, and has studied many different historical periods of the market.   He embraces an investment strategy focused on capital preservation and consistent dividend growth. His focus shares many traits with how [...]

October 7th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Wal-Mart (WMT) Issues Disappointing Guidance. What About the Dividend?

I came across a statistic last week that sounded unbelievable until I thought more about my own behavior.   In 2015, 205 million U.S. consumers shopped online. The growth of e-commerce is nothing new, and the number of online shoppers will continue to rise. I wasn’t surprised by this fact.   Instead, a recent survey [...]

October 6th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

A Guide to Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) can provide dividend investors with high yields, steadily growing payouts, nice diversification, and an attractive income stream for retirement living.   However, REITs have a number of complexities and risks that should be understood before making any investments.   Before jumping into the essential information investors need to [...]

October 4th, 2016|REIT, Retirement Income|