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Establishing a safe source of income to meet your standard of living in retirement is one of life’s most important goals.

Mutual funds and financial advisors say they’ll help get you there, but they too often disappoint while costing you thousands of dollars in fees each year.

You want to do this yourself and oversee your own portfolio, but you’re no financial guru. How are you going to decipher good from bad?

You only get one shot at this, and avoiding devastating mistakes with your retirement portfolio is essential to sleeping well at night.

The Simply Safe Dividends Way

Our curated set of online tools and information can help you generate a safe, growing stream of retirement income from dividend stocks — without the exorbitant fees charged by mutual funds and financial advisors.

We can also help you become a more responsible investor with your nest egg, avoiding companies with the greatest risk of slashing their dividends and permanently eroding the value of your portfolio.

Thousands of retirees have used Simply Safe Dividends to make sure their portfolios are responsibly invested and aligned with their income goals and risk tolerance.

Most of our customers are not financial gurus or accountants. They are everyday people who need a trusted source of quality, dependable information to safely build and maintain a dividend portfolio to last a lifetime.

From our Dividend Safety Scores to our monthly newsletter and portfolio income tracker, every part of Simply Safe Dividends is carefully constructed by a real equity research analyst and CPA – Brian Bollinger.

Simply Safe Dividends is your one-stop shop for all the information you need to safely build, grow and eventually harvest your dividend portfolio for retirement income.

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What Members are Saying…

“I am an A plus physician and a D plus stock investor. My individual and mutual fund investments over time have done poorly due to impatience, ignorant choices, and high fees.

 

Brian’s service is an ideal match for me. After years of painful mistakes, I now share his strategy of long term investing in top quality dividend yielding stocks rather than short term speculating. Had I applied his investing strategy years ago my retirement would be secure.  Instead I am playing catch up now. But with Brian’s sensible guidance I am on my way to developing a high quality dividend producing portfolio.

 

I don’t like giving up control of my investments to money managers who rarely beat indices over time, charge high fees, and can put clients at excess risk.

 

Simply Safe Dividends is a bargain. It allows me to be an active investor without making ignorant choices. Brian does the heavy lifting for his clients. He researches each highly selected pick exhaustively. Then he offers easy to understand analysis and data on each recommendation, plus on thousands of other companies if one wishes to invest “off the reservation”.  He offers several groupings of stocks to choose from depending on ones tolerance for risk, time horizon, or strategy. I choose companies from each list to form my own super grouping, with emphasis on “Conservative Retirees” picks.

 

The Portfolio Analyzer lets me review my portfolio components from all sides: quality rating, dividend risk, yield, distribution frequency, etc. It’s an easy way to plan one’s retirement.

 

I am addicted to Simply Safe Dividends’ monthly newsletter.  Brian’s monthly recommendations allow his clients to dollar cost average into highly rated stocks which are long term dividend yielding winners trading at temporarily depressed prices. It’s a monthly value play styled after Warren Buffett’s success.

 

Lastly, when I email Brian with questions about his or other stocks, he responds promptly, thoughtfully, humbly, and always insightfully. Brian is a like young Richard Russell, and I intend to profit from his passion and skill over time.”

– D.G., Florida

“I am 59 years old and have accumulated savings over a thirty year career and am now faced with the challenges of how to use the savings to provide an income stream in retirement.  I previously had investments in a managed account (charging 1% of assets each year) run by seasoned investment advisors with an impressive 30 year track record whose primary objective was preservation of capital.  After experiencing a 60 percent drawdown in 2008, I gradually liquidated my investment with them, ending up with most of my money in cash by the summer of 2015.  I was determined to do my best to avoid a repeat experience, but recognized that an all-cash approach to retirement investments was not going to work.  I also came to the conclusion that paying ‘experts’ 1% per annum was simply not cost effective in the current extreme low yield environment, so decided that I would try and learn as much as I could about making my own investment decisions.

 

Historically, someone in my situation would have constructed a ‘balanced’ portfolio of fixed income investments and stocks, with the fixed income portion likely making up at least half of the portfolio and yielding five percent or so.  Unfortunately for those of us planning for retirement, we live in an time of unprecedented low rates.  In my search for alternatives, I was drawn to dividend stocks because it is one of the few areas that seemed to at least offer the possibility of providing a reasonable income stream on invested capital.  Having said that, I was well aware that investments in stocks are risky, that there is tremendous demand for yield, and that stocks in general, and many dividend stocks in particular, have had huge gains in recent years.  I needed to find out if there were dividend stocks that offered a reasonable income stream along with reasonable risk-reward characteristics appropriate for someone like me headed into retirement.

 

I researched several dividend sites on the Internet including Simply Safe Dividends (SSD). Several things drew me to SSD. In a relatively short amount of time several things became clear to me:

  • SSD has a thorough knowledge of dividend stocks and is extremely good at teaching others about them.
  • SSD has lots of data and targeted tools for the do-it-yourself dividend stock investor, including a Dividend Screener and Portfolio Analyzer.
  • The site is always improving, having a steady stream of new, informative articles along with continuous additions and upgrades of targeted tools.
  • SSD is cautionary and realistic about the current environment.  Candid about the fact that this is an extremely difficult and risky time to hunt down yield.
  • SSD is passionate about the subject and Brian’s responsiveness to questions and suggestions is outstanding.
  • SSD has actual portfolios with continuous updated commentary on the underlying components.

All of those factors made the relatively inexpensive commitment to join worthwhile.  My general impression from the other sites were that they did not have the in-depth knowledge that SSD has and were more hyped up to sell subscriptions than they were about actual content.  Several of the other sites were simply not realistic about the current environment and send out emails along the lines of this: ‘It’s Time to Buy These 8-11% Dividends’ (a real title of an article link sent in an email) without balanced commentary of the risks involved.”

– John S., New York

“The value of joining Simply Safe Dividends was self-evident. I love that there is not a single advertisement on the site, and the research contains so much more content. Brian also listens to the feedback and needs of his members and is always working to further improve the service. I remember when he added the portfolio analyzer tool with data I had desired. Not that he did it just for me, but we actually talked on the phone about ways to improve the tool. He took my suggestions to heart. This is good business and I know through this experience that Brian is seriously interested in helping others.”

– Ernie B., Texas

“Simply Safe Dividends offers good value for the money. The site is well organized, and Brian’s article flow makes a conscious attempt to educate his readers and steer them out of trouble. At the end of the day, Dividend Safety, Growth, and Yield Scores can be very useful in making the “right” investment decisions.

 

The fact that there was a system in place to generate Dividend Safety and Growth Scores, as well as the variety and depth of the materials on the site, convinced me that Simply Safe Dividends was a good choice. The quality and organization of the site (e.g. training videos) all point to an organized mind.

 

Brian is a bright investor out of business school and cut his teeth with a large asset management firm. He is continuously looking for ways to improve the site and offer members more value.”

– D. Chen, California

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“Prior to discovering Simply Safe Dividends, I was subscribing to about half a dozen dividend advisory services. However, I was not quite happy with any of them. Why? Because none of those services had all the important data and necessary information I needed for me to make a wise decision to buy top dividend stocks on a long term basis. I felt frustrated since I had to go and dig into several advisory letters to collect my selection criteria items.

 

Then luckily, in early 2016, I just happened to come across Simply Safe Dividends. After subscribing, I knew I had made the right choice. Simply Safe Dividends gives ALL of the criteria items I need in just one place in both numerical as well as graphical format for each stock: dividend yield, P/E ratio, Dividend Safety & Growth scores, EPS & FCF payout ratios, ex-dividend dates, pay dates, 1-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year dividend growth rates, dividend payout history, return on equity, and more. In addition, Simply Safe Dividends supplies other information such as four actively-managed dividend portfolios with different return and risk objectives, a personal watch list tool, a monthly newsletter, various useful articles, and a portfolio analyzer tool.

 

Lastly, please note that as of March, I have canceled ALL of those dividend advisory services except for this one. Also, whenever I have contacted Brian for any advice or question, he has immediately answered me within 24 hours. I shall always remain very grateful for his excellent website.”

– Meer A., Florida

“It’s not news to any investor that we all took a significant hit in 2008. I turned 60 that year and had worked with two advisors getting ready to retire. Fees and poor performance took their toll and I knew I needed to take more control of my portfolio.

 

I had hopes of retiring at 60 or 62 but like many, decided to continue working. A colleague introduced me to and helped me understand the real essence of dividend investing. Previously, dividends were icing on the cake. Now they were much more.

 

Dividend safety and a healthy company trumped day-to-day stock price variation. Now I wanted to collect a safe dividend while trusting in the long term health of a company.

 

Sounded pretty easy to me and as with most things in my life, I jumped in and read everything I could find, no matter how conflicting the information. I subscribed to many services but spotting safety and growth seemed elusive.

 

One day, quite by accident, Simply Safe Dividends was mentioned in a Seeking Alpha article. I looked at the site and was hooked. I subscribed and even asked questions via email. Brian answered my questions, and the more I learned from him the more confident dividend investor I became. I am aware that his site, like others, is algorithm-driven, but unlike most, Brian is monitoring everything constantly.

 

After reading an analysis of a company, did you ever wonder how old the information was? Brian dates his research.

 

The attributes of his site are simply too numerous to mention all of them. All the fundamental metrics you would collect from multiple sites are all in one place in the Stock Analyzer. His recent rollout of the Portfolio Analyzer has set a bar much higher than any other site I’ve seen. Brian also oversees four Portfolios, with their own goals and performance stated, to use as a base for quality long-term ideas as well as a monthly update of the portfolios in his Newsletter.

 

I rely on his metrics heavily but I try my non-accountant best to study the companies I’m interested in. If you want one site you can trust to help you the most, it’s Simply Safe Dividends.

– Joe M., Oregon

“I am a registered investment advisor and focus on buying high quality dividend growth stocks to generate safe income for my clients. We’ve been using investment newsletters as our analyst team for a long time, but never encountered an affordable one which truly met our needs.  They seem to always be in marketing mode with article headlines designed to appeal to fear or greed and to inspire action.  I felt manipulated when reading newsletters as they always seemed to be touting their successes while sweeping the errors into an unseen corner.  Security analysis came across like a sales pitch, accompanied by little discussion of risk.

 

Then, we found Simply Safe Dividends (SSD).  We discovered a truly analytical service that is very responsive to our questions and particular needs with no marketing hype.  But it wasn’t until about six months into our subscription that we went beyond the site’s data and got hooked by Brian’s dividend portfolios.  We were awash in large cap mature companies with solid dividend growth but lacked in faster growing smaller companies with reliable dividend growth.   With the adoption of the Long Term Dividend Growth portfolio in the monthly newsletter, we’ve been able to tap into the real wealth of SSD – it’s analytical rigor and thoughtful construction.  May SSD never be spoiled by its inevitable success!

– Jim P., Oregon

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Next week, a few adjustments will flow through to our Dividend Safety Scores to further improve their ability to identify companies that are most at risk of cutting their dividends in the future.   We expect these adjustments to make the scores even more thorough, timely, and accurate going forward.   However, these improvements will cause some companies to experience a score change.   Although the vast majority of companies will not see a material change in their risk classification, we want to keep you as informed as possible.   Members will receive an email early next week that lists any of their holdings that have experienced a meaningful score change, along with analysis explaining the reasoning behind the company's new score. [...]

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Bill Gates is the second wealthiest man on the planet with a net worth in excess of $85 billion.   Just like you and me, Bill wants to earn a return on his pile of cash. Of the 17 publicly-traded companies held in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, 12 pay dividends.   In this article, I track and analyze changes in Bill Gates’ portfolio of dividend stocks.   The third quarter of 2017 was uneventful. No new companies were added to the portfolio, and all of the trust's existing core holdings were largely unchanged.   Gates' trust trimmed its position in Microsoft (MSFT) by 12%. Microsoft appeared as a new position last quarter and was likely transferred from Bill Gates' direction [...]

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While interest rates are slowly rising, they remain at historically low levels. As a result, many income-focused investors continue to search for the best high dividend stocks to meet their long-term investing needs.   High dividend stocks can be an appealing way to fund a portion of retirement through dividends rather than the selling of shares, but high-yields can sometimes be a warning that a company's business model is broken and best avoided.   In other words, some beaten-down, high-yield stocks are value traps with poor dividend security, making them unacceptable for a retirement portfolio.   Let's take a look at Tupperware (TUP), whose 4.6% dividend yield and track record of paying uninterrupted dividends for more than 20 consecutive years may at [...]

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Wide moat industrial stocks, such as defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), often make excellent long-term dividend growth stocks.   In fact, Lockheed Martin is a dividend achiever with 15 straight years of consecutive dividend increases under its belt. Even better, the stock has managed to grow its payout at an impressive average annual rate of 10% over the past 30 years.   While Lockheed's steady dividend increases have historically made it an attractive offering, past performance is not indicative of future results.   In addition to taking a look at the level of income growth investors can expect from Lockheed in the future, let's also review the company's competitive advantages and current valuation to see if Lockheed Martin could be a timely [...]

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Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are a popular way for regular investors to participate in commercial real estate.   Generous yields, relatively low volatility, and steady dividend growth can make certain REITs some of the best high dividend stocks for investors seeking retirement income and capital preservation.   This is why larger, famous REITs, such as Realty Income (O), are often core holdings in high-yield income portfolios.   However, the world of REITs is a large one, which is why sometimes it's worth taking a look at smaller names, such as STORE Capital (STOR).   Let's take a look at STORE to see why its strong fundamentals have attracted the attention of none other than Warren Buffett, history's greatest investor, who [...]

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When it comes to safe and consistent dividend growth, few companies have done it better than the dividend aristocrats, S&P 500 companies with 25+ consecutive years of payout increases under their belt.   Of these impressive dividend growers, AT&T (T) stands tall above all the rest with a 5.9% dividend yield. When combined with the company's 33 straight years of dividend increases, AT&T could deserve consideration as one of the best high dividend stocks.   One of the reason's AT&T's yield is so high is because the company's stock price has dropped by more than 15% over the past month. That's a surprisingly big move for a stock that is held by most investors for its safe income and defensive qualities.   [...]