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Building a Dividend Retirement Portfolio: A Real-Life Story

Many of us are managing dividend portfolios designed to deliver safe retirement income.   I oversee our Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio, which is designed for people living off dividends in retirement.   Safe dividends, income growth in excess of the rate of inflation, and low volatility are some of the main goals of any retirement [...]

October 19th, 2016|Dividend Investing, Retirement Income|

Welltower (HCN): A High-Yield Medical REIT Blue Chip

A great way of building long-term wealth is to ride secular mega-trends. One of the largest of these is the aging of America’s population, which is expected to see the population of those of 75 years of age double over the next two decades.   Source: Welltower Investor Presentation   Thanks to improvements in medical [...]

October 18th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

What HCP’s Upcoming Spin Off Means For Dividend Investors

HCP Inc. (HCP)’s 30-year dividend growth streak has long made it the darling of high-yield dividend growth investors.   HCP is also the only real estate investment trust (REIT) in the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index. Investors can view analysis on all of the dividend aristocrats here.   Source: Simply Safe Dividends   However, [...]

October 14th, 2016|High Yield, REIT|

A Guide to Conservative Income Producing Option Strategies for Dividend Stocks

With interest rates at their lowest point in history, once safe income-producing assets such as 10- and 30-year Treasury bonds have seen their yields plunge to pitiful rates that are just high enough to keep up with inflation.   And while high-quality, dividend growth blue chips such as Pfizer (PFE), Coca-Cola (KO), Procter & Gamble [...]

October 13th, 2016|Dividend Investing, Retirement Income|

Pfizer (PFE): Safe and Steady Dividends

Pfizer (PFE) is a blue-chip dividend stock that has paid a consistent dividend for multiple decades.   Furthermore, over the last 20 years the total dividends paid per share has increased at a nearly 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).   In recent years, however, Pfizer’s total dividend growth rate has slowed and the payout [...]

October 12th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

ExxonMobil (XOM): Safe Haven for Oil Dividend Investors During the Oil Crash

ExxonMobil (XOM) is the ultimate blue chip stock in the oil patch, but even it hasn’t been spared the carnage of what’s being called the worst oil crash in nearly 50 years.   So naturally, many conservative investors living off dividends are wondering how safe this legendary oil giant’s dividend really is.   Let’s take [...]

October 10th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

Interview With Portfolio Manager and Dividend Book Author Tim McIntosh

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Tim McIntosh. Tim has been managing money since 1999, is a Certified Financial Planner, has authored a handful of investing books, and has studied many different historical periods of the market.   He embraces an investment strategy focused on capital preservation and consistent dividend growth. His focus shares many traits with how [...]

October 7th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Wal-Mart (WMT) Issues Disappointing Guidance. What About the Dividend?

I came across a statistic last week that sounded unbelievable until I thought more about my own behavior.   In 2015, 205 million U.S. consumers shopped online. The growth of e-commerce is nothing new, and the number of online shoppers will continue to rise. I wasn’t surprised by this fact.   Instead, a recent survey [...]

October 6th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

A Guide to Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Investing in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) can provide dividend investors with high yields, steadily growing payouts, nice diversification, and an attractive income stream for retirement living.   However, REITs have a number of complexities and risks that should be understood before making any investments.   Before jumping into the essential information investors need to [...]

October 4th, 2016|REIT, Retirement Income|

Comcast (CMCSA): High Marks for Dividend Safety and Growth, But What About the Cord-Cutters?

At first glance, Comcast (CMCSA) looks like an investment every dividend investor should consider.   The company has increased the dividend every year since reinitiating it in 2008, recorded nearly 23% annual dividend growth over the last five years, maintained a relatively low payout ratio, and enjoyed stability from its recession-resistant businesses.   These are some of [...]

October 3rd, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Ferrellgas Partners (FGP): Another Lesson on Dividend Safety

I get a lot of questions about master limited partnerships (MLPs) when it comes to the topic of dividend safety.   Many dividend investors are attracted by the high yields and steady cash flows offered by MLPs.   A number of these businesses have paid uninterrupted dividends for decades as well.   However, like any [...]

September 30th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Phillips 66 (PSX): Warren Buffett’s New Favorite Dividend Growth Stock

Warren Buffett is history’s greatest investor, and so when his company, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), takes a major stake in a company the world takes notice.   Investors can read analysis of all of Warren Buffett’s dividend-paying stocks here.   Over the past few months Berkshire has increased its stake in Phillips 66 (PSX), to 79.5 [...]

September 28th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, Warren Buffett|

HP Inc (HPQ): Safe Dividend Growth or a Value Trap?

Back in 1939, long before Steve Jobs, there were two guys in Palo Alto, Bill Hewlett and David Packard.  Armed with less than $600, they started a small electronics testing company.   Over the next 70+ years, Hewlett-Packard grew into one of the world’s largest technology firms with over $100 billion in annual sales.   [...]

September 27th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

Chevron (CVX): How Safe is the Dividend?

Chevron (CVX) looks enticing when taking a cursory look at the historical dividend statistics.   The stock currently yields around 4.3% and has provided highly reliable dividend growth over the years.   Chevron’s dividend has increased by 7.8% per year over the last 20 years and by 8.5% annually over the last five years.   [...]

September 26th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs: Which is Better for Dividends?

For investors looking to build a dividend-paying nest egg for their golden years, an individual retirement account (IRA) is the most common arrangement.   Any number of investment options may be placed within an IRA, and in exchange for showing some initiative and taking on part of the responsibility of financing your own retirement, Uncle [...]

September 23rd, 2016|Dividend Investing|