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9 Financial Planning Tips for Responsible Living

If you weren’t born into riches, chances are that you’ve had to grow up and get a job to earn the money you need to survive.   Particularly if you’ve formed a family along the way, it’s important to do what you can to protect the money you’re earning, the money you’re saving, and the [...]

September 21st, 2016|Dividend Investing|

SeaWorld (SEAS) Cuts Dividend Over 50% – Dividend Safety Score: 3

SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) was the latest company to announce a dividend cut, dropping the news yesterday evening.   SeaWorld declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share, which is down more than 50% from its previous quarterly dividend of 21 cents per share.   After the next quarterly payment, SeaWorld will completely suspend its dividend. [...]

September 20th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Qualcomm (QCOM): Safe, Growing Dividends and a Solid Yield

Qualcomm (QCOM) has metrics that make many dividend investors salivate.   The company offers a 3.4% yield, has increased its dividend every year since 2003, and has recorded annual dividend growth in excess of 20% over the last five years.   Furthermore, Qualcomm’s stock is down roughly 25% from its 2014 highs and trades around 16.5x [...]

September 19th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

Meredith (MDP): 23 Straight Years of Dividend Growth and a High Yield

Meredith Corporation (MDP) has never exactly been a household name, but many of its brands are.   The company is an old school magazine business that has been a chameleon over the years, constantly evolving and growing into a $1.6 billion multimedia powerhouse with a lineup of television stations, magazines, websites, and online apps.   [...]

September 15th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Annuities: Pros and Cons Versus Dividend Stocks

Protecting the money you’ve worked so hard to save is one of the most important priorities, particularly if you are nearing, or have already begun, your retirement.   Considering the myriad of available investment options, it’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed.   Two of the most common choices for maximizing retirement savings are dividend [...]

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

Apple (AAPL): Reviewing One of Warren Buffett’s New Dividend Stocks

Apple (AAPL) is a blue chip stock that recently reinstated the dividend. Since becoming a dividend payer again in 2012 (it was suspended from 1996-2011), they have increased the quarterly dividend by 50% from 38 cents per share to 57 cents.   With a relatively low payout ratio, high returns on invested capital, and an extremely valuable [...]

September 12th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Disney (DIS): 3 Risks to Consider Despite the Strong Dividend Growth

Disney (DIS) is one of the most iconic companies in the world and has rewarded shareholders with 11.7% annual dividend growth over the last 20 years.   However, that hasn’t stopped the stock from slumping more than 20% since hitting an all-time high in late 2015.   Today, Disney’s stock trades for about 15.3x forward [...]

September 9th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

C.H. Robinson (CHRW): Quality Dividend Growth at a Reasonable Price

C.H. Robinson (CHRW) has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years and rewarded shareholders with double-digit annual dividend growth over the last decade.   The company’s dividend scores strong marks for safety and growth, and its business model generates excellent free cash flow in practically every economic environment.   With large and fragmented markets and numerous competitive [...]

September 8th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

REIT Taxes: A Short Lesson on Real Estate Investment Trust Taxation

Since their inception in 1960, Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, have become an extremely popular option for income investors because of their reliable payouts and immense capital appreciation potential.   However, REIT taxes are an important issue to understand.   Conservative investors often favor REITs over traditional stocks because variables that typically have a [...]

September 7th, 2016|REIT|

Gilead Sciences (GILD): Cheap Dividend Growth or Value Trap?

Gilead Sciences (GILD), the dominant antiviral and hepatitis drug company, is starting to draw a lot of attention from value oriented investors due to its decline of 23% over the past year.   Gilead’s stock now trades at a high-single digit price-to-earnings multiple which typically has many bargain hunters salivating, especially in a market where [...]

September 6th, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Dividend Safety Analysis: Southern Company (SO)

This week, I will be taking a look at the dividend safety of Southern Company (SO). If there are other companies you would like me to analyze for dividend safety, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article.   My full thesis on Southern can be seen here, but I will be focusing [...]

August 31st, 2016|Dividend Stocks, High Safety|

A Review of Dividend Safety Scores

Dividend safety serves as the foundation for conservative income investing and stress-free retirement living.   Companies that are able to continue paying and growing their dividends help us meet our investment goals and build wealth over time.   We created Dividend Safety Scores to help investors build safe dividend portfolios and avoid companies that are most [...]

August 30th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Eli Lilly (LLY): Dividend Growth is About to Change

Eli Lilly (LLY) is a blue chip stock that has paid a consistent dividend since the early 1970s.   The company’s total dividends paid have increased from 4.55 cents per share in 1972 to a projected $2.04 per share in fiscal year 2016.   However, the company’s dividend growth rate has materially slowed, and the [...]

August 29th, 2016|Dividend Stocks|

7 Habits of Highly Effective Dividend Investors

Dividend investors come in all different shapes and sizes. Many of us are living off dividends in retirement, while others are investing for long-term income growth and capital appreciation.   Regardless of our objectives, we are united by our desires to reduce risk and make responsible investment decisions.   However, even the best of us [...]

August 26th, 2016|Dividend Investing|