Dividend Aristocrat Cardinal Health (CAH) Drops 12% – Buying Opportunity or Value Trap?

Cardinal Health (CAH) updated its guidance Tuesday morning, causing its stock price to plunge nearly 12% on the day.   The company previously cut its profit guidance in October 2016, but today's news was clearly still a big surprise.   Many investors like owning dividend aristocrats such as Cardinal Heath because they have been less [...]

April 21st, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

“What Should I Do if Another Verizon Happens?”

One of our members emailed me after reading through my recent Verizon article, which analyzed the scary-looking drop in free cash flow that the company reported. Many investors worried that the company's dividend could be at risk.   I dug through Verizon's financial statements to show why I believe Verizon's dividend remains safe and why the lower [...]

April 18th, 2017|Dividend Investing|

Seagate Technology (STX): High Yield Dividend Income or Value Trap?

Many of the most popular high yield stocks are real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnership (MLPs), and business development companies (BDCs).   All of these industries are designed to pay very high dividends.   When it comes to regular corporations, however, a very high dividend yield can be a warning sign that something [...]

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

Clearing the Air on Verizon’s Dividend Safety

A number of readers have emailed me in recent weeks wondering about Verizon’s (VZ) dividend safety.   Their anxiety developed after reading several articles online that suggested Verizon’s dividend was no longer sustainable because the company’s free cash flow did not cover it last year.   However, Verizon scores a 93 using our Dividend Safety [...]

April 13th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

American Tower (AMT): A Quality REIT With 20% Annual Dividend Growth

American Tower (AMT) is unlike most real estate investment trusts (REITs).   The company’s business model has very low maintenance capital needs, throws off excellent free cash flow each year, provides recession-resistant services, and consistently enjoys renewal rates close to 100%.   While American Tower isn't one of the 28 best high dividend stocks for [...]

April 12th, 2017|REIT|

Main Street Capital (MAIN): One of the Safest High-Yield BDCs

In this age of record low interest rates, yield-hungry investors have a vast array of high-yield industries to choose from, including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), YieldCos, and Business Development Corporations (BDCs).   While these sectors have business models that make for naturally high-yields, they come with their own inherent risks [...]

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

Why I Sold Dividend Aristocrat T. Rowe Price (TROW)

Earlier this week, I did something that I really don't like to do.   I sold a stock from our Top 20 Dividend Stocks and Long-term Dividend Growth portfolios, exiting my position in T. Rowe Price (TROW).   T. Rowe Price, perhaps best known for being one of the 51 dividend aristocrats, is one of [...]

April 7th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Microsoft (MSFT): A High Quality Dividend Growth Stock in Tech

Microsoft (MSFT) is a company legendary for making many investors very wealthy over the decades.   In fact, Bill Gates' dividend stock portfolio would not exist if it weren't for Microsoft's incredible growth story.   Over the past 14 years the company has become a favorite among many dividend investors, thanks to its dividend achiever status and [...]

April 6th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Annaly Capital Management (NLY): Is the 10.6% Dividend Yield Safe When Interest Rates Rise?

When it comes to high-yield stocks, few companies offer higher income than mortgage REITs such as Annaly Capital Management (NLY).   However, it’s vitally important for dividend investors to realize that this industry is one of the hardest to consistently profit from, for numerous reasons.   Let’s take a closer look at Annaly Capital, one [...]

April 6th, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): A High Yield but a Lot of Risks to Consider

As the market continues to climb to new record highs, many investors are searching for safe dividend stocks paying high dividends (see 28 such companies here).   The healthcare sector, pharmaceuticals in particular, is generally considered a defensive sector thanks to the recession-resistant nature of its product sales.   However, while this is true as [...]

April 6th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Las Vegas Sands (LVS): High-Yield Dividend Income or a Risky Gamble?

Many founder-led companies can make for solid long-term investments, specifically when it comes to dividend stocks.   That’s because the founder and CEO owns a large stake in the business and often has a natural incentive to pay a generous and growing dividend, an appealing proposition for income investors seeking to live off dividends.   [...]

April 5th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Kinder Morgan (KMI): How Appealing Is This Pipeline Giant’s Dividend Going Forward?

In recent years energy transportation and storage stocks and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have become some of the most popular high dividend stocks for income investors to find attractive yields in this record-low interest rate environment.   Kinder Morgan (KMI) is one of the oldest names in this space, having helped to popularize the sector with [...]

March 30th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, MLP|

Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP): One of the Best MLPs for Income

Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have become some of the most popular high dividend stocks over the past decade.   In an age of record low interest rates, midstream (i.e. energy gathering, storage, and transportation infrastructure) MLPs’ tollbooth-like business models are especially appealing for investors living off dividends in retirement.   These partnerships typically generate a high percentage [...]

March 29th, 2017|MLP|

High Dividend Stocks: 28 High Yield Stocks for Income

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 27th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Accenture (ACN) Dips 4% on Earnings: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

What Happened? Accenture (ACN) reported second quarter results that caused its stock to drop 3-4% this morning.   Accenture's organic sales grew 6%, and adjusted earnings per share were roughly flat compared to the prior-year period.   The company's sales and earnings were roughly in line with analysts' estimates heading into the quarter.   Management expects [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|