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Realty Income (O): A Premium Monthly Dividend Stock

The best monthly dividend stocks provide predictable, growing income. With 550 consecutive monthly dividends paid and 74 consecutive quarterly increases, Realty Income (O) is one of the most dependable dividend-paying stocks in the market.   If the valuation is reasonable, these are the types of companies I like to own in our Conservative Retirees dividend [...]

May 31st, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

Best Dividend ETFs: The Top 10 Funds for Dividend Income

The best dividend ETFs for long-term investors charge low fees, maintain nice diversification, keep turnover low, and track benchmarks that apply some filters for business quality and dividend safety.   I reviewed the pros and cons of investing in dividend ETFs earlier, but I never identified specific funds that I consider to be the best [...]

May 20th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Dividend ETFs: Is Investing in Dividend Funds Worth It?

An exchange traded fund, or ETF, is a publicly-traded fund that tracks an index such as the S&P 500. There are nearly 2,000 ETFs in the U.S., but fewer than 150 funds are specifically classified as dividend ETFs.   Dividend ETFs can provide a number of benefits for investors seeking safe retirement income or long-term [...]

May 19th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

2017 Dividend Achievers List

The Nasdaq Dividend Achievers Index is a group of companies that have consistently rewarded shareholders with increasing dividend payouts.   Companies qualify for the Dividend Achievers List if they have raised their dividends each year for at least 10 consecutive years and meet certain trading liquidity requirements.   Why is the Dividend Achievers List popular? [...]

May 12th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Eaton (ETN): Manufacturing Safe Dividends Since 1923

Eaton shares several characteristics with some of the companies we hold in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio.   The company scores well for Dividend Safety and Dividend Growth, has paid dividends every year since 1923, generates excellent free cash flow, and has a relatively high dividend yield near 3.7%.   Eaton’s stock also trades [...]

May 11th, 2016|High Yield|

How to Measure and Manage Your Dividend Portfolio

Peter Drucker, one of the most notable management consultants and business visionaries of all-time, once wrote: “What gets measured gets managed.”   Mr. Drucker is getting at several points. Perhaps most obviously, we are more likely to pay closer attention to something if we simply begin observing and examining it.   By developing measurements of [...]

May 9th, 2016|Dividend Investing|