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Omega Healthcare (OHI) Reports Disappointing Earnings: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

Omega Healthcare (OHI) announced third quarter results last night that took many investors by surprise, sending the stock down as much as 10% in early trading this morning.   For those who are unfamiliar with the company, Omega Healthcare is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that provides financing and capital primarily to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). [...]

October 31st, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

Merck (MRK): A Slow And Steady Dividend Grower, But Do Better Alternatives Exist?

Blue chip drug makers such as Merck (MRK) have historically been very popular with income investors because of their defensive nature, meaning that drug demand isn't really affected by economic downturns.   However, what many investors fail to realize is that, while the pharmaceutical industry as a whole may be recession resistant, successful long-term dividend [...]

October 31st, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Phillips 66 (PSX): Warren Buffett Loves This Dividend Growth Stock But Should You?

One of Warren Buffett's best pieces of investment advice is that "it's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price."   This is why each quarter, when Berkshire Hathaway reveals its portfolio via regulatory filings, investors eagerly look to see what companies have the Oracle [...]

October 30th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, Warren Buffett|

Caterpillar (CAT): The Worst Appears To Be Over For This Quality Dividend Growth Stock

Even blue chip dividend stocks can fall on hard times, especially when they operate in highly cyclical industries that depend on volatile commodity prices.   Such was the case with Caterpillar (CAT), which despite an impressive track record of growing its dividend at an average rate of 11% over the past 20 years, was forced [...]

October 27th, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

CenturyLink (CTL): Can The Level 3 Acquisition Save The Dividend?

In today's era of historically low interest rates, telecom service providers such as AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are often viewed as some of the best high dividend stocks for income thanks to their highly stable, recession-resistant, and subscriber-based business models.   While that may be a good strategy for blue chip names in the industry, [...]

October 27th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Accenture (ACN): A High Quality Dividend Growth Stock Benefiting From The Digital Age

Accenture (ACN) has raised its dividend every year since it began paying one in 2005, recording annualized dividend growth en excess of 20% during that time period.   With healthy payout ratios, excellent free cash flow generation, a clean balance sheet, and proven durability, Accenture is well-positioned to continue rewarding shareholders with strong dividend growth in the [...]

October 25th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Broadridge Financial Solutions (BR): A High Quality But Often-Overlooked Dividend Growth Stock

Sometimes, the most boring, under-the-radar businesses prove to be the best long-term investments, and Broadridge Financial could be one of them.   In fact, Broadridge was called "the most important firm on Wall Street that you've never heard of" by Dick Grasso, the former CEO and chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.   Paying [...]

October 24th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Growth|

Updated Thoughts on General Electric (GE)

Knowing how much patience to exercise with an underperforming holding is one of the hardest (and often most humbling) challenges in investing, in my opinion.   As a long-term dividend growth investor, when I purchase shares of a company, I hope to hold my ownership stake forever and keep portfolio turnover as low as possible. [...]

October 23rd, 2017|Dividend Stocks|

Welltower (HCN): A Low-Risk, High-Yield REIT With A Long Growth Runway

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are a simple way for regular investors to gain exposure to the real estate sector.   While there are many different types of REITs to choose from, healthcare in particular has strong long-term potential growth due to highly favorable demographic trends.   Let's take a look at Welltower (HCN), America's largest medical REIT, to [...]

October 18th, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

Realty Income (O): The Gold Standard In Safe And Steadily Growing Monthly Dividends

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, can serve as a convenient way for regular investors to profit from rental real estate while also generating income for those seeking to live off dividends in retirement.   Realty Income (O) has become famous for its generous, secure, and steadily growing dividends (23 straight years of increases and counting), [...]

October 13th, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

General Dynamics (GD): A Wide Moat Dividend Aristocrat With Double-Digit Payout Growth Potential

With its 25th straight annual dividend increase, General Dynamics (GD) has finally joined the dividend aristocrats list here.   However, even more impressive than the length of this streak is the torrid pace of payout growth GD investors have enjoyed.   Specifically, the company has grown its dividend at 14.1% annually since 1992, helping General Dynamics' shares [...]

October 13th, 2017|Dividend Aristocrats|