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Vodafone’s Outlook Remains Cloudy

Vodafone's (VOD) dividend has scored at the absolute bottom rung (41) of our "Borderline Safe" Dividend Safety Score category throughout all of 2018. Companies on this part of our scale often find themselves in a murky area, and Vodafone is no exception. In fact, a number of analysts have been speculating about a potential dividend [...]

November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

AltaGas Signals Upcoming Change to Dividend Payout Policy

AltaGas (ATGFF) owns energy infrastructure assets across North America. The firm started in the midstream business and expanded into the power and utilities sectors over time. While these are all capital-intensive businesses, they have mostly been steady cash flow generators as well. As a result, AltaGas enjoys an investment grade credit rating and has rewarded [...]

October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Upgrade for FREE to the new Simply Safe Dividends website and save 10% on your next renewal

This past summer, we announced an all-new version of Simply Safe Dividends that's completely free for customers to upgrade to. Over 90% of members who've tried the new website have chosen to upgrade, and many have said that it's an enormous improvement over the original site.   If you haven't given the new website a [...]

October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Lessons Learned from Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Dividend Cut

Last week Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) reported another disappointing set of earnings results. The main headline for income investors was unfortunately a 50% dividend cut, which helped send the stock down 9% on the news. Having looked at AB InBev about a month ago, the company seemed to deserve its "Borderline Safe" Dividend Safety Score of [...]

October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Strengths and Weaknesses of Physicians Realty’s Dividend

Founded in 2011, Physicians Realty (DOC) is a new entrant in the healthcare real estate space that sports a high 5% dividend yield. Attractive at first glance but without much of a track record, just how safe is this REIT's dividend? The good news is that Physicians Realty appears to have a stable source of [...]

October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Why Owens & Minor’s Dividend Is on Shaky Ground

Owens & Minor (OMI) has never cut its dividend since it began paying one in 1977. The company breezed through the financial crisis, growing revenue by 20% while raising its dividend 35% between 2007 and 2009. For much of the past two decades, shareholders have been rewarded with annual dividend increases north of 10%. But [...]

October 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Management Shakeup Further Dims GE’s Dividend Outlook

On October 1, GE announced it was firing CEO John Flannery after just 14 months in the top office. That's compared to 20- and 16-year tenures for Jack Welch and Jeffrey Immelt, respectively. The surprise news sent shares up 13% at one point because the new CEO, Lawrence Culp, had a great track record as [...]

October 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Implications of Enbridge’s Buyout of Its MLPs

Over the past few years the midstream industry, especially master limited partners (MLPs), has experienced a bear market that has disrupted its standard business model. As a result, various companies and MLPs have had to adapt, including by simplifying their business models via mergers and eliminations of incentive distribution rights. Enbridge (ENB) recently announced a [...]

October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Is Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Dividend Safe?

The continued slump in Anheuser-Busch InBev's (BUD) stock price has caused some income investors to worry about the safety of the company's dividend. Fortunately, based on the facts we know today, a dividend cut seems unlikely. AB InBev primarily produces and distributes beer and other alcoholic beverages. The company generates over $50 billion in revenue [...]

October 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

High Dividend Stocks: 27 High Yield Stocks for Income – October 2018 Update

High dividend stocks appeal to many investors living off dividends in retirement because their high yields provide generous income.   Many of the highest paying dividend stocks offer a high yield in excess of 4%, and some even yield 10% or more.   However, not all high yield dividend stocks are safe. Let’s review what [...]

October 5th, 2018|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Southern Company Reaches Agreement to Continue Nuclear Project, Reducing Short-term Risk

Southern Company (SO) shareholders received good news this week. The four co-owners of the Vogtle nuclear power plant voted to continue construction on the troubled $27 billion project despite the latest set of cost overruns. Had the project been canceled instead, Southern Company's shareholders, rather than its ratepayers, could have potentially been on the hook [...]

September 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dominion Energy Offers to Buy Out Its MLP Dominion Midstream Partners

Dominion Energy (D) has managed to significantly outperform most other regulated utilities over the past decade, establishing itself as a quality dividend growth investment. A large driver was the utility's expansion into midstream infrastructure, specifically natural gas and liquified natural gas (LNG) storage, transportation, and export capacity. However, in recent years the midstream industry has [...]

September 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dividend Yield Guide: Definition, Formula, Examples, Risks

For most investors, owning dividend-paying stocks is all about the income. And dividend yield is a critical metric in the stock selection process. However, there are some important concepts investors need to understand about the dividend yield formula and how to apply it to maximize their long-term financial returns. Let's take a look at what [...]

September 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|

What Happens to Dividends During Recessions and Bear Markets?

Many retirement-aged investors lean on dividends to make ends meet. The idea is to receive a stream of passive, predictable, and growing income that is independent of fickle stock prices. Instead of worrying about where the market might head any given year or which investments to sell to generate income using the 4% rule, many dividend [...]

September 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

20 Best Recession Proof Dividend Stocks

Preserving capital and generating safe income are core goals in retirement. So not surprisingly, conservative investors often worry about when the next recession will occur and how it will affect their portfolios. Safe dividend-paying stocks can be an appealing choice for retirees who desire a predictable income stream that can hold its ground regardless of [...]

September 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|