Pearson (PSO) Shares Plunge 30% on Surprise Dividend Cut – It Could Have Been Avoided

Pearson (PSO) is one of the largest publishers of education textbooks and materials in the world.   The iconic company’s roots can be traced back to 1844, and its well-known publishing operations began in the 1920s.   In addition to its extensive operating history, Pearson had increased its dividend above the rate of inflation for [...]

January 18th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Cincinnati Financial (CINF): Will Catastrophe Events Jeopardize Its Dividend?

Catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods are never pleasant, and they can make or break insurance companies.   The year 2016 saw its fair share of disasters, including record-breaking snowfall throughout the East Coast in January, severe flooding in Louisiana, wildfires in California, and Hurricane Matthew.   Cincinnati Financial (CINF) is an insurer that [...]

January 16th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

T. Rowe Price (TROW): A Quality Dividend Aristocrat Trading at a Discount

Asset management is a great business, given that the stock market has historically risen by a 9.1% CAGR since 1871.   In other words, the assets from which management fees are derived are generally rising, allowing for exponential growth in earnings and cash flow - the building blocks of any great dividend growth stock.   [...]

January 13th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Costco Wholesale (COST): A World-Class Retailer and Superb Dividend Growth Stock

Costco Wholesale (COST) has proven itself one of the best dividend growth stocks of the last two decades, nearly doubling the S&P 500’s annualized return.   However, now with founder James Sinegal retired from the CEO position (he remains on the board) and the rise of major disruptive rivals such as Amazon (AMZN), the company’s [...]

January 12th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

The Blackstone Group LP (BX): A 5.7% Dividend Yield, But is the Dividend Safe?

Over the past decade, alternative assets (private equity, real estate, hedge funds, and complex debt instruments) have become increasingly popular, with assets under management nearly quadrupling.   The future is bright as well. PricewaterhouseCoopers expects total alternative assets to reach close to $14 trillion by 2020, growing by about 9% annually.   Given the complex [...]

January 11th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

3M (MMM): A Buy and Hold Forever Dividend King

When it comes to dividend growth stocks, there are few better core holdings for one’s portfolio than the legendary dividend kings, companies that have raised their dividend for 50+ straight years. Investors can view all of the dividend kings here.   These are companies that have not just proven to have an ability to steadily [...]

January 9th, 2017|Dividend Kings, High Growth|