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Philip Morris International Faces Growth Headwinds: Is the Dividend Still Safe?

Since being spun off from Altria (MO) in 2008 Philip Morris International (PM) has raised its dividend every year and delivered predictable returns thanks to the steady nature of the tobacco business. However, this year Philip Morris shares are down nearly 25% on growing concerns over whether its strategy for adapting to the continued global [...]

September 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Is Altria Still a Dependable High-Yield Dividend Growth Stock?

Over the past half century tobacco giant Altria (MO) has not only been a dependable source of safe and fast growing dividends, but it's also been one of the best performing stocks in the market. However, in 2018 MO's stock has slumped 15%, pushing its dividend yield to its highest level since 2014. As traditional [...]

September 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How to Prepare Your Retirement Portfolio for a Recession

The current U.S. economic expansion is now the second longest in history. While the next recession may not be imminent, at some point one will happen. So let's take a look at how to prepare your portfolio for a recession, including what specific sectors and asset classes hold up best for retirees concerned with safe [...]

September 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

General Mills’ Major Acquisition and Dividend Freeze: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

General Mills (GIS) is a consumer food giant with numerous well-known brands such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Pillsbury, Nature Valley, Old El Paso, and Haagen-Dazs. Despite its impressive product portfolio the company's stock has been very disappointing, losing 10% over the past year while the S&P 500 has returned close to 20%. General Mills [...]

August 31st, 2018|High Yield|

Kinder Morgan’s Long-term Dividend Growth Prospects

Kinder Morgan (KMI) has had a rough four years, enduring a painful turnaround that included billions in asset sales (to pay down debt) and a 75% dividend cut in late 2015. As a result, income investors have had to endure a -50% total return during a time when the S&P 500 is up 60%. Recently, [...]

August 31st, 2018|High Yield|

Is Southern Company’s Dividend Still Safe?

Southern Company’s (SO) stock has slumped 8% since August 7, a large decline over such a short period of time for any business, much less a regulated utility that's supposed to be a defensive holding. The stock’s 5.4% dividend yield now sits near its highest level since 2010, causing some investors to wonder if Southern [...]

August 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Omega Healthcare Investors: Turnaround Appears On Track But High Risks Remain

Despite years of deteriorating conditions in the skilled nursing facility (SNF) industry, Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI), the nation's largest SNF REIT, was able to increase its dividend for 20 consecutive quarters. However, due to rising tenant distress, for 2018 management announced a major turnaround effort and froze the firm's quarterly dividend at its current 66 [...]

August 25th, 2018|High Yield, REIT|

Qualcomm’s Mega Merger Is Dead: What Dividend Investors Need To Know

Qualcomm (QCOM) has had an eventful two years to say the least. The company's main cash cow, chip licensing for smartphone manufacturers, has faced a customer revolt with both Apple (AAPL) and China's Huawei deciding to not to make royalty payments as they challenge the company in court over what they claim is predatory licensing [...]

August 25th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Dividend Dates Guide: Ex-Dividend Date, Pay Date, Date of Record, and the Dividend Capture Strategy

Investing in dividend stocks for income can be a sound retirement strategy, but as with all things in finance, there are some important specifics that investors need to be aware of. This guide will look at what income investors need to know about ex-dividend dates, as well as other key dates associated with when and [...]

August 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dividend Stocks vs. Bonds in Retirement

When it comes to living off passive income in retirement, two of the most popular investments are dividend stocks and bonds. While both types of investments can be highly useful in funding living costs during your golden years, there are important differences between these two asset classes. This guide will look at these differences, both [...]

August 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Financial charts now available on the new website

As you may recall, we announced an all-new version of Simply Safe Dividends was available this summer. Nothing is changing with the original version of the website, but you always have the option of upgrading to the new website for free if you would like to (your membership terms would remain the exact same).   [...]

August 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Warren Buffett’s Best High Dividend Stocks – Updated August 2018

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway outperformed the S&P 500 by 11% per year from 1965 through 2017, generating an overall gain of 2,404,748% compared to the market's total return of 15,508%.   It's no wonder why investors closely monitor Warren Buffett's portfolio. He is arguably the greatest investor of all time, and his best investment advice can be seen here. [...]

August 21st, 2018|Warren Buffett|

Buckeye Partners (BPL) Hints That Payout Cut Might Be Coming

Buckeye Partners (BPL) has long been a favorite master limited partnership (MLP) among income investors. That's thanks to the firm's impressive track record of steadily growing payouts which up until recently included 22 straight years of annual distribution increases and 32 years of uninterrupted payments. However, the MLP bear market, now in its fourth year, [...]

August 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Assessing Walmart’s Appeal as a Dividend Growth Stock After Earnings Beat

Shares of Walmart (WMT) surged 10% following the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings report. The big headline is that Walmart’s sales growth was its best in more than a decade. Specifically, Walmart reported 4.5% growth across its U.S. stores that have been open for at least a year, driven by strength in its grocery [...]

August 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Bill Gates’ Portfolio: Reviewing One of the Wealthiest Man’s Dividend Stocks – August 2018 Update

Bill Gates is the second wealthiest man on the planet with a net worth in excess of $90 billion.   Just like you and me, Bill wants to earn a return on his pile of cash. Of the 17 publicly-traded companies held in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, 13 pay dividends.   In this article, [...]

August 15th, 2018|Dividend Investing, Warren Buffett|