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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|

PepsiCo (PEP): A Top Dividend Growth Stock for Long-term Investors

PepsiCo (PEP) is one of the best dividend growth stocks in the market and a core holding in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   The company has paid dividends for more than 50 years while rewarding shareholders with 44 consecutive dividend increases, making it a member of the exclusive dividend aristocrats list.   Sporting [...]

December 7th, 2016|Dividend Aristocrats, Dividend Stocks|

Simon Property Group (SPG): A Blue Chip REIT Down Over 20% Since July

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are a great way for long-term income investors to gain exposure to real estate without the hassle that comes with actually owning, maintaining, and managing rental properties.   In fact, REITs, if carefully chosen, can help you achieve the ultimate form of financial freedom; being able to live off [...]

December 2nd, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

AmeriGas Partners (APU): The Gold Standard of Propane MLPs Is Still a High-Risk Proposition

Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs have been an increasingly popular stock sector in recent years thanks to their preferential tax treatment that results in a business model that pays out the majority of cash flow in the form of very generous high-yields.   However, as with most high-yield stocks on Wall Street, one needs to [...]

November 28th, 2016|High Yield, MLP|

Coca-Cola (KO): A Safe Dividend King Trading at Its 52-Week Low

When it comes to long-term blue chip investing, it’s hard to go wrong with dividend aristocrats.   Of course, the only thing better than a company that has grown its dividend 25 or more consecutive years is a dividend king, like Coca-Cola (KO), which has one of the best payout growth track records in America [...]

November 24th, 2016|Dividend Kings, Dividend Stocks|

Enterprise Products Partners (EPD): How Safe is this High-Yield MLP’s Distribution?

Over the last few years, record low interest rates have made Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, one of the hottest high-yield equity classes on Wall Street.   While it’s true that this sector has its own risk factors that investors need to be aware of, certain midstream MLPs (those that operate gathering, processing, storage, and [...]

November 23rd, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Bank of America (BAC): A Dividend Growth Stock That Benefits from Rising Interest Rates

Few investors will ever forget the terror of the financial crisis of 2008-2009, when the global financial system was on the verge of complete collapse and many people were convinced we were headed for another depression.   Shareholders of U.S. megabanks such as Bank of America (BAC) were especially brutalized, when one of America’s largest [...]

November 22nd, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|