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Ford (F): An Attractive Yield And Valuation, But Look Elsewhere For Steady Dividend Growth

When it comes to safe high dividend stocks, generally you want to stick to companies with numerous competitive advantages and operations in industries that consistently grow.   Thus automakers like Ford (F) are typically not where most investors look for such income investments.   However, with Ford shares now beaten down and offering an attractive [...]

September 26th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF): A Dividend Achiever Worth Reviewing

You probably use several products every day that are touched by International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a dividend achiever that has raised its payout every year since 2003. The company has a presence in thousands of consumer products, yet it has largely flown under the radar operating in the chemicals industry. Boring, durable businesses that [...]

September 26th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Should You Buy a Dividend ETF or Manage Your Own Portfolio of Individual Dividend Stocks?

One of the big questions many dividend investors face early on is whether or not it's worth managing a portfolio of individual dividend stocks instead of keeping things easy and buying a dividend ETF.   In fact, I recently emailed with a reader who was interested in comparing the performance of our Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio [...]

September 20th, 2017|Dividend Investing|

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|

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|