Annuity Surrender Charges: Read the Fine Print

Annuities are one of the most popular retirement investment vehicles, but they are also one of the most debated.   People either love them or hate them (there’s usually no in-between when it comes to annuities).   One particular aspect of deferred annuity contracts, and the one that’s at the root of almost every debate [...]

February 17th, 2017|Retirement Income|

YieldCo Primer for High Dividend Investors

YieldCos are a relatively new class of dividend stocks luring in many investors.   While many YieldCos offer strong income growth potential, not unlike the famous Dividend Aristocrats, they also come with high yields that average more than 5%.   This combination of high yield and high income growth results from YieldCos' exposure to renewable [...]

February 16th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Warren Buffett’s Best High Dividend Stocks – February 2017 Update

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway outperformed the S&P 500 by 11.1% per year from 1965-2015, generating an overall gain of 1,598,284% compared to the market's total return of 11,355%.   It's no wonder why investors closely monitor Warren Buffett's portfolio. He is arguably the greatest investor of all time, and his best investment advice can be seen here.   While [...]

February 15th, 2017|Warren Buffett|

Vectren (VVC): A Utility Company with 57 Years of Uninterrupted Dividend Growth

You won’t read about Vectren in the headlines.   But for more than 50 years in a row, Vectren has quietly paid and raised its dividend. It’s a feat that’s been done by just 21 other companies publicly traded in the U.S.   Vectren is a utility company, and utility companies are often attractive to [...]

February 14th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Scorpio Tankers (STNG) Cuts Dividend 92% – What Should Income Investors Do Now?

Scorpio Tankers (STNG) shocked many income investors when the company announced a 92% cut to its dividend this morning.   After all, the company’s management team sounded confident about maintaining Scorpio Tankers’ dividend just a few months ago in November:   “If you run through our model, the company is fully able to pay its [...]

February 14th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Carlisle Companies (CSL): 40 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases and a Bright Future Ahead

When it comes to steady dividend growers, often the best choice can often be a seemingly dull company - one that flies under the radar, yet grows steadily over decades.   Many times, it’s precisely boring companies that end up becoming dividend aristocrats, which are S&P 500 companies that reward long-term income investors with over [...]

February 10th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Dominion Resources (D): A Quality Utility Stock for Dividend Income & Growth

Regulated utilities have long been a staple for many retired investors living off dividends.   However, while most people think of this industry as one that generally consists of high-yield, slow but steady dividend growth, that isn’t always the case.   In fact, Dominion Resources (D) is one of the fastest growing regulated utilities you [...]

February 10th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Abbott Laboratories (ABT): A Top Dividend Aristocrat Down 15% From Its High

When it comes to dividend growth stocks there are few better choices than the legendary dividend aristocrats, S&P 500 companies which have raised their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.   Investors can read analysis on all of the dividend aristocrats here.   Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is a dividend aristocrat with a long track [...]

February 9th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Macy’s (M): A Household Name with a High (but Risky) Dividend

Sporting a high 4.8% dividend yield and trading at its 5-year low, Macy's (M) at first glance looks like it could be an attractive investment for investors living off dividends in retirement.   But many retailers, especially department stores like Macy's, have suffered mightily over the past decade because of competition on the internet.   Can investors [...]

February 7th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Philip Morris International (PM): A Popular High Dividend Stock for Retirement Portfolios

While it may surprise many investors, history has shown us that many of the best long-term investments aren’t hyper-growth companies but much more boring dividend growth machines.   For example, in the last 50 years Altria (MO), formerly Philip Morris, has been one of the best performing stocks on a total return basis, rising an [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Extra Space Storage (EXR): A Self-Storage REIT Offering High Yield and Fast Dividend Growth

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are the best way for regular investors to gain exposure to high-quality real estate assets, including the fast growing storage space sector.   Extra Space Storage (EXR) is one of the best blue chip storage space REITs, with a great track record of growing investors’ income and wealth over [...]

February 1st, 2017|REIT|

WEC Energy Group (WEC): A High Quality, High Dividend Growth Utility

Regulated utilities have long been a core staple in dividend portfolios, courtesy of their high-yields, safe payouts, slow but steady dividend growth, and very low volatility.   But while most people focus on the biggest and well-known names in the sector, such as Duke Energy (DUK), Southern Company (SO), and Consolidated Edison (ED), there are [...]

January 31st, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Emerson Electric (EMR): A Dividend King With 60 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

When it comes to world class long-term wealth compounders, often the best choice isn’t the next great hyper-growth tech stock, but something far duller.   Take, for example, industrial companies such as 3M (MMM), which have legendary track records of consistent outperformance and dividend growth that span over half a century.   Emerson Electric (EMR) is [...]

January 27th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Cummins (CMI): A Blue Chip Dividend Growth Stock on the Rebound

Historically, industrial dividend growth stocks such as engine maker Cummins (CMI) have done a great job of enriching long-term investors, especially if you’ve reinvested the dividends.   For example, Cummins has delivered an annualized total return of 15.4% since mid-1995, nearly doubling the S&P 500’s 8.5% annual total return.   However, Cummins has fallen on [...]

January 26th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Nordic American Tankers (NAT) Cuts Dividend, and More Bad News Could Be Ahead

With interest rates still near record lows income investors are naturally drawn to super high-yield stocks, such as Nordic American Tankers (NAT), which until recently was offering a seemingly mouth-watering payout of 10.8%.   But one of the most important factors to successful long-term dividend investing is risk management, and the realization that Wall Street [...]

January 25th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|