Digital Realty (DLR): A Tech REIT Benefiting From E-Commerce and Growing Dividends 12 Straight Years

Digital Realty Trust (DLR) is a fast-growing real estate investment trust (REIT) that has raised its dividend every year since going public in 2004.   While the company is still far from having a long enough dividend growth history to qualify as a member of the dividend aristocrats list, it has numerous attractive qualities for [...]

September 19th, 2017|REIT|

Cardinal Health (CAH): A Dividend Aristocrat Trading Near Its All-Time High Yield

Dividend aristocrats, such as Cardinal Health (CAH), have long been a staple in dividend growth investors' portfolios, and for very good reason.   Nothing says "stable, growing, and healthy business" like 25+ years of consecutive dividend growth. With 30 straight years of very impressive 19.7% average annual payout increases, Cardinal Health has proven itself as [...]

September 18th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA): A Dividend Aristocrat Held by Bill Gates

With 41 straight years of dividend increases, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) is a favorite among many dividend growth investors and a member of the select group of 51 dividend aristocrats in the S&P 500.   The stock is even a holding in Bill Gates' dividend portfolio here.   Let's take a closer look at what has made Walgreens [...]

September 15th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Brown-Forman (BF-B): America’s Whiskey King Is a Fast-Growing Dividend Aristocrat

Iconic brands can often make for solid long-term dividend growth investments, thanks to the wide competitive moats and strong pricing power that are created by brand loyalty.   In fact, Warren Buffett's dividend portfolio consists of a number of companies with extremely well-known brands, from Apple to Heinz, Pampers, and Coca-Cola.   Another great example of [...]

September 14th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

SJW Group (SJW): One of the Best Dividend Kings in the Utility Sector

Dividend kings, those rarest of companies with 50+ years of consecutive dividend growth, can be a great place to start looking for relatively safe income investments.   That's because most companies that not only survive for 50 years but thrive enough to reward investors with rising dividends often have solid fundamental characteristics, including an advantaged [...]

September 13th, 2017|Dividend Kings|

Intel (INTC): A Technology Giant Paying Uninterrupted Dividends Since 1992

Intel (INTC) has paid uninterrupted dividends since making its first payment in 1992, and income investors have enjoyed 10% annualized payout growth from the company over the past decade.   Intel has long been one of the most dominant and pervasive technology companies in the world, essentially operating as a monopoly in its core computer [...]

September 12th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Franklin Resources (BEN): A Cheap Dividend Aristocrat or Value Trap?

When it comes to low-risk dividend investing, it's usually hard to go wrong with dividend aristocrats, those 51 S&P 500 companies that have managed to grow their payouts for at least 25 consecutive years.   After all, such consistent growth generally requires that a company operate in a stable, growing, and wide moat business.   [...]

September 11th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

W.W. Grainger (GWW): 46 Straight Years of Dividend Growth and an All-Time High Yield

Industrial component wholesaler W.W. Grainger (GWW), with 46 consecutive years of rising dividends, is one of the venerable dividend aristocrats.   Even more impressive is that Grainger has rewarded long-term dividend investors with impressive 11.5% annual dividend growth over the last three decades.   Let's take a closer look at this dividend aristocrat to see whether [...]

September 8th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Crown Castle (CCI): The Highest-Yielding Stock Held by Bill Gates

Crown Castle (CCI) only began paying dividends in 2014, but the company currently offers income investors a dividend yield that's nearly twice as high as the market's with 7% to 8% annual dividend growth potential.   More importantly, Crown Castle has an attractive business model with substantial recurring revenue, excellent free cash flow generation, substantial [...]

September 6th, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

High Dividend Stocks: 34 High Yield Stocks for Income – September 2017 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 [...]

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

Chubb (CB): A Conservative Dividend Grower in the Insurance Industry

Chubb (CB) is one of the best managed insurance companies in the world and has increased its dividend for more than 20 consecutive years.   Prior to the 2016 merger of Chubb and ACE (the largest merger ever in the history of the insurance industry), these companies had raised their dividends for 33 and 22 [...]

September 5th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Eaton (ETN): Paying Dividends Every Year for Nearly a Century

While Eaton (ETN) won't show up on the list of dividend aristocrats, the company has one of the most impressive dividend streaks in the world.   Eaton has paid dividends every year for more than 90 years (dating back to 1923) and compounded its payout by more than 10% annually over the past decade.   [...]

August 31st, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Pentair (PNR): 40 Years of Dividend Increases and Double-Digit Payout Growth Potential

With 40 straight years of dividend growth under its belt, Pentair (PNR) is a dividend aristocrat that is just a decade away from joining an even more elite club, the dividend kings.   Over the past three decades, Pentair shareholders have enjoyed dividend growth that's not only been remarkably consistent, but strong as well (8.9% [...]

August 30th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|

Cisco (CSCO): A High Yield Stock With a Fast-Growing Dividend and Low Expectations

Cisco (CSCO) is a rather unusual dividend stock because it offers a relatively high yield near 4% but has grown its payout at a fast clip, including a 12% boost earlier this year.   In fact, the company’s quarterly dividend payment has increased from 6 cents per share in 2011 to 29 cents most recently, [...]

August 25th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Air Products & Chemicals (APD): A Dividend Aristocrat With Improving Payout Growth Prospects

Air Products & Chemicals (APD), is one of the few (51 S&P 500 companies) to make it into the dividend aristocrat club, meaning that it's been raising its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.   In fact, since 1983 Air Products has been growing its dividend at an annual rate of 9.6%, which has not [...]

August 24th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|