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|

Dividend Safety Scores: A Review of 2016

One of the most important components of Simply Safe Dividends is our Dividend Safety Score, a metric that rates the safety of a company’s dividend payment by scrubbing through its most important financial metrics.   Dividend Safety Scores are available on our site for thousands of dividend-paying stocks and can help you avoid riskier investments [...]

December 31st, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Altria (MO): A Dividend Growth Legend With An Unbeatable Track Record

Many investors believe that the key to exceptional wealth creation is finding the next great growth stock.   In reality, some of the best investments are the most boring, dividend growth focused companies. There are numerous reasons to be a dividend growth investor (see them all here).   Altria (MO), for example, has been the [...]

December 29th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

United Parcel Service (UPS): A Quality Dividend Growth Stock Held by Bill Gates

History has taught us that often boring but steadily growing businesses can make the best long-term investments, especially if those companies have a strong commitment to rewarding investors with strong, consistent dividend growth.   United Parcel Service (UPS) is just such a company, slowly but steadily growing into a globe-spanning behemoth that has proven itself [...]

December 28th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

TJX Companies (TJX): A Legendary Retailer with Bright Dividend Growth Prospects

Brick and mortar retail is something that has struggled for years thanks to the rise of online based competition, especially from the likes of Amazon (AMZN).   However, that doesn’t mean that all retailers are created equal.   In fact, TJX Companies (TJX) in particular has spent decades not just successfully fending off the competition, [...]

December 19th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Public Storage (PSA): Down 17% But Still A Superb Dividend Growth Stock

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are one of the most popular types of dividend stocks for yield-hungry investors, especially those living off dividends in retirement.   When it comes to REITs, few have done better for investors than Public Storage (PSA) over the years.   The company has continuously paid quarterly dividends since 1981 [...]

December 16th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

Best Monthly Dividend Stocks for High Income

Monthly dividend paying stocks have become increasingly popular over the years, and investors are constantly on the lookout for the best monthly dividend stocks good reason.   A monthly dividend can be a great way to help pay for living expenses in retirement, or simply act as a way to compound one’s wealth faster through [...]

December 14th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

W.P. Carey (WPC): A High-Yield REIT With 18 Consecutive Years of Dividend Increases

With the stock market hitting record highs day after day, many value focused investors are understandably nervous about investing new money at this time.   Fortunately, there are still a few industries where high-yield dividend investors can turn to for generous, secure, and growing dividends.   One of these is Real Estate Investment Trusts, or [...]

December 13th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

General Electric’s Dividend Increase Signals Progress for Income Investors

General Electric (GE) announced a 4% dividend increase on Friday, increasing its quarterly payout by a penny from 23 cents per share to 24 cents.   While General Electric’s dividend increase was perhaps smaller than some long-term shareholders desired, it was still meaningful because it marked the company’s first payout raise since late 2014.   However, [...]

December 10th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

Procter & Gamble (PG): A Dividend King Poised for Faster Dividend Growth

Many investors think that the only way to build truly substantial long-term wealth is to buy the next high-flying tech stock such as Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), or Alphabet (GOOG).   However, as you can see below, boring but slow and steady growing blue chip dividend stocks, especially the dividend aristocrats and dividend kings such [...]

December 8th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|