New Sector Classifications on the Website

Knowing which sector a company is in can help you maintain a well-diversified income portfolio.   Today we rolled out new and improved sector classifications from Standard & Poor's (S&P). There are 11 standardized sectors that all companies fall under.   Your portfolio's sector mix report has been updated with these sectors as well. Here's [...]

March 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

MLPs and Pipeline Companies Under Pressure After Regulatory Ruling

Many pipelines are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has the ability to set rates. Any change in regulations by the FERC could significantly impact cash flows and the rate of an MLP’s distribution growth.   The FERC’s job is to ensure that companies charge “just and reasonable” fees and that exploration [...]

March 15th, 2018|MLP|

Enbridge (ENB)

Founded in 1949 in Canada as IPL Energy (changed name to Enbridge in 1998), Enbridge (ENB) is North America's largest midstream energy company. Enbridge's network of oil & gas gathering, storage, processing, and transportation systems connect the continent's most vital oil & gas producing regions.   By division, liquids pipelines are expected to account for [...]

March 9th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP)

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (BIP) is one of the fastest growing and most diversified utilities in the world. In fact, the limited partnership (a corporate structure similar to that of a Master Limited Partnership, or MLP) owns 35 infrastructure assets on five continents.   Some examples of the partnership's assets include electrical transmission lines, railroads, [...]

March 9th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Ventas (VTR)

Ventas (VTR) was founded in 1983 and is the second largest medical REIT in the country, with more than 1,200 properties in the U.S. and the U.K. Ventas' property portfolio consists primarily of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, life science centers, and inpatient rehab and long-term acute care facilities.   The largest source of [...]

March 9th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Walt Disney Company (DIS)

Walt Disney founded his namesake company in 1923, and since then the business has gone on to become one of the most iconic brands on earth. Today, Walt Disney (DIS) is a leading entertainment company with over $55 billion in revenue. The company is highly diversified and vertically integrated, with four major business segments: Media [...]

March 9th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Starbucks (SBUX)

The first Starbucks (SBUX) location opened in 1971, and the company has since grown to become the world’s largest coffee purveyor with just over 28,000 stores in more than 75 countries. Starbucks stores sell not just premium coffee but also tea, packaged coffee, juices, bottled water, pastries, and various lunch items.   In addition, the [...]

March 9th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

High Dividend Stocks: 32 High Yield Stocks for Income – March 2018 Update

High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income.   Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more.   However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what [...]

March 6th, 2018|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

W.P. Carey (WPC)

W.P. Carey was founded in 1973 by Bill Carey, who helped to pioneer the triple net lease and sale-leaseback REIT business model. W.P. Carey went public in 1998 as a master limited partnership but converted to a REIT in 2012.   Today the REIT owns 890 properties located in 19 countries around the world. W.P. [...]

March 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Southern Company (SO)

In business for more than 100 years, Southern Company (SO) is a major regulated utility involved in selling electricity and distributing natural gas, primarily across the Southeastern U.S. The firm's vertically integrated electric utilities serve customers across Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.   Southern Company’s mix of business and service territories significantly changed after the [...]

March 1st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Spectra Energy Partners (SEP)

Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) is one of America's largest midstream master limited partnerships, or MLPs. Its assets include 170 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage, 5.6 million barrels of crude oil storage, and approximately 16,000 miles of gas and oil pipelines that connect producers, consumers, and exporters with some of North America's most important [...]

March 1st, 2018|MLP|

Cummins (CMI)

Founded in 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins (CMI) is the largest dedicated global industrial diesel and natural gas engine manufacturer.   The company’s primary markets are highway & heavy-duty vehicles, construction, and general industrial markets, where it serves customers such as Chrysler, Daimler, Volvo, PACCAR, Navistar, CNH Global, Komatsu, and Ford.   The company's products [...]

March 1st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Lowe’s (LOW)

Lowe's (LOW) was founded in 1946 and is the world’s second largest home improvement retailer. The company operates over 2,100 home improvement and hardware stores (almost all in the U.S.) and helps homeowners, renters, and other customers complete a wide array of projects.   The company’s stores are famous for being a one-stop shop for [...]

March 1st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

WEC Energy Group (WEC)

Originally founded in 1896 as The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company, WEC Energy Group (WEC) has grown through six major acquisitions over the past 120 years to become one of the nation’s largest electric and natural gas utilities.   The company's last and largest merger, its $9.1 billion purchase of Integrys Energy in 2015, [...]

March 1st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Thoughts on Omega Healthcare’s Earnings Release Last Month

Omega Healthcare announced disappointing fourth quarter results on February 13. Most notably, after more than 20 consecutive increases to its quarterly dividend, management stated that the company's payout would remain at its current level (66 cents per share) in 2018 rather than move higher.   Here were some comments made by Omega's CEO: “As a [...]

March 1st, 2018|Dividend Stocks|