Kimco Realty (KIM)

Founded 60 years ago, Kimco Realty (KIM) is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of March 31, 2018, the company owned interests in 475 U.S. shopping centers comprising 81 million square feet of leasable space primarily concentrated in major metropolitan markets along the coast.   The [...]

July 6th, 2018|REIT|

Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE)

Apple Hospitality (APLE) began trading as a publicly listed REIT in 2015. The firm's property portfolio consists of 243 Marriott and Hilton branded hotels located in 88 mostly large and urban markets throughout 34 states. Almost all of the REIT's hotels are located in high traffic locations such as suburbs, cities, or near airports. Source: [...]

July 6th, 2018|REIT|

High Dividend Stocks: 26 High Yield Stocks for Income – July 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 [...]

July 6th, 2018|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|


Founded in 1906, ONEOK (OKE) is a large energy midstream service provider with an especially dominant presence in the shale formations of Oklahoma. The firm's pipelines and storage facilities are connected to over 140 gas processing facilities across the country, making it incredibly valuable to its core natural gas liquid (NGL) customers. Source: ONEOK Fact [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Blackstone Group L.P. (BX)

Founded in 1985, Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) is the world’s largest alternative asset manager with about 2,400 employees and $450 billion in assets under management. The firm specializes in private equity (direct ownership of private companies), real estate, hedge funds, and investing in private debt. Source: Blackstone Investor Presentation Blackstone earns its money by charging [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Annaly Capital Management (NLY)

Founded in 1997, Annaly Capital Management (NLY) is the largest and oldest mortgage REIT (mREIT) in America with over $100 billion in assets. The firm primarily invests in residential mortgages that are guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.   Like all mREITs, Annaly’s business model involves borrowing at short-term (lower) interest rates, in order [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Stepan Company (SCL)

Founded in 1932, Stepan Company (SCL) produces and sells specialty and intermediate chemicals to other manufacturers for use in various end products around the world. The company operates in three segments: Surfactants (67% of sales, 56% of profits): offers surfactants that are used as principal ingredients in consumer and industrial cleaning products, such as detergents [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Lancaster Colony (LANC)

Founded in 1961, Lancaster Colony (LANC) is a specialty food maker that owns several niche dip, bread, frozen roll, crouton, dressing, and flatbread brands, including Marzetti, New York Bakery, Sister Schubert’s, Flatout, Aunt Vi’s, Reames, Mamma Bella’s, Romanoff, and Chatham Lodge. In addition, Lancaster makes licensed products including Olive Garden dressing, Jack Daniel’s mustard, and [...]

July 4th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

General Electric: Another Dividend Cut Expected in 12 to 18 Months

General Electric (GE) announced a slew of major strategic initiatives today that will ultimately result in another dividend cut within 12 to 18 months. I estimate the dividend could be reduced by as much as 35%.   Specifically, the company decided to spin-off its healthcare segment (23% of profits in 2017) and divest its ownership [...]

June 26th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Starbucks (SBUX)

Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) dropped 9% today as investors digested the company’s disappointing update about its expected growth this quarter.   Specifically, management now expects just 1% growth in global same-store sales (locations open at least a year) in the current quarter, below prior expectations for 3% growth.   Additionally, Starbucks announced plans to “optimize” [...]

June 20th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Big news: An all-new Simply Safe Dividends available today!

Have you ever wanted to receive email alerts when your holdings change their dividends, see a company's dividend yield history, track mutual funds in your portfolio, export your portfolio to a spreadsheet, or have table headers lock at the top of your screen?   We've spent the last 18 months building, testing, and improving an [...]

June 18th, 2018|Dividend Investing|

Thoughts on PPL’s Recent Underperformance

Regulated utilities are often a core component of a conservative income portfolio thanks to their predictable earnings, generous dividends, and defensive profile. However, PPL (PPL) has been anything but defensive lately.   The stock has lost 26% over the past year, including dividends. While rising interest rates have weighed on the performance high-yielding, slow-growing companies, [...]

June 16th, 2018|Dividend Stocks|

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)

Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) was founded in 1843 and has grown into a diversified global provider of power and hand tools, engineered fastening products, and commercial security and monitoring systems.   The company sells over 500,000 products including power drills, saws, toolboxes, wrenches, fasteners, measuring tools, compressors, nail guns, outdoor power equipment, sanders, lamps, [...]

June 16th, 2018|Dividend Aristocrats|

Brown-Forman (BF_B)

Brown-Forman (BF.B) was founded in 1870 in Louisville, Kentucky. The company was started by George Garvin Brown, a pharmaceutical salesman, and his accountant friend George Forman, with $5,500 in savings and debt.   Brown-Forman has since grown to become one of the world’s dominant spirits and liquor producers, marketing numerous premium alcohol products in over [...]

June 16th, 2018|Dividend Aristocrats|

Pentair (PNR)

Founded in 1966 in London (with roots going back to 1859), Pentair (PNR) is one of the world’s leading liquid pump, valve, and control system manufacturers with operations in over 30 countries. On May 1, 2018, the company completed the spin-off of its electrical business from its water business (which made up 57% of sales [...]

June 16th, 2018|Dividend Aristocrats|