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So far Matt at Simply Safe Dividends has created 20 blog entries.

Paychex is a Time-Tested IT Company with a Strong Dividend Track Record

Paychex (PAYX) was founded in 1971 and provides a range of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing services to more than 650,000 small and medium-sized businesses. The company's wide range of services includes: Payroll processing: calculate, prepare, and delivery employee payroll checks; prepare payroll tax returns; collect and remit client’s payroll obligations; time tracking, etc. [...]

January 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Thoughts on Smucker’s Tough Year and Dividend Appeal

Consumer staples companies like J.M. Smucker (SJM) are often owned for their recession-resistant qualities and safe dividends. Food and beverage makers tend to be low volatility stocks that serve as defensive holdings in conservative dividend growth portfolios. But Smucker has had a challenging year, down 24% in 2018 and off 40% from its mid-2016 high. [...]

December 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Reviewing Lyondell’s High Yield

Shares of LyondellBasell (LYB) have slumped nearly 30% since late August, performing much worse than the S&P 500's loss of 14%. The stock's dividend yield now sits near 5%, its highest level since Lyondell began paying dividends in 2011. With analysts projecting a double-digit earnings decline in the year ahead, the price of oil plunging [...]

December 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Altria’s Two Major Investments and Updated Dividend Safety

Altria's (MO) share price has slumped over 30% this year, making it one of the worst in history for the cigarette maker's shareholders. Altria's dividend yield now sits at 6.7%, its highest level since the Financial Crisis. A number of factors are behind Altria's rough year, including various negative regulatory announcements from the FDA, slightly [...]

December 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Compass Minerals’ Dividend Remains Risky

Compass Minerals (CMP) has been in business for more than 170 years and has increased its dividend each year since it began making payouts in 2004. Despite its appealing long-term track record, and the recession-resistant nature of its salt and fertilizer businesses, CMP's stock price has slumped over 50% since reaching an all-time high in [...]

December 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

PPL Drops on Increased Regulatory Concerns

Shares of regulated utility PPL (PPL) slumped nearly 7% on Tuesday following a proposal made by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the United Kingdom's energy regulator. In recent years PPL has generated around half of its earnings from the four electricity distribution networks it operates in the U.K. As we discussed in [...]

December 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Johnson & Johnson Drops 10% on Legal Worries

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) dropped 10% on Friday, shedding $40 billion in market value to mark its worst trading day since 2002. The cause was a Reuters article claiming that insiders at J&J knew for decades that its baby powder "sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos" without disclosing the issue to [...]

December 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How We Approach Dividend Safety

Making money in 2018 hasn’t been easy. In fact, 90% of the 70 asset classes (covering everything from stocks to bonds and commodities) tracked by Deutsche Bank posted negative total returns in dollar terms for the year through mid-November, per The Wall Street Journal. That’s the highest percentage on record going back to 1901 (the [...]

December 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Analyzing Leggett & Platt’s Big Acquisition

With a 4.1% yield, Leggett & Platt (LEG) is one of the highest-yielding dividend aristocrats in the market, trailing only AT&T (T), AbbVie (ABBV), and Exxon Mobil (XOM). While the company has increased its dividend for 47 consecutive years, shares of Leggett & Platt are down more than 20% over the past year. As a [...]

December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

A Closer Look at TransCanada’s Unusually High Dividend Yield

Despite paying higher dividends each year since 2000, North American pipeline giant TransCanada (TRP) has seen its share price slump nearly 20% in 2018. As a result, TRP's dividend yield sits at 5.3%, near its highest level since the financial crisis. The midstream industry has been under pressure since the price of oil began tumbling [...]

December 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Invesco Remains Under Pressure as Investment Industry Evolves

Asset manager Invesco (IVZ) has seen its shares plunge over 50% in 2018, resulting in its dividend yield soaring to a record high of 6.9%. Although the company has increased its dividend each year for more than a decade, the stock's recent performance is causing many income income investors to feel anxious. Let's take a [...]

December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Reviewing Magellan Midstream’s Historically High Yield

Whenever a high-yield stock falls significantly, it's natural that income investors want to know if it's just random noise (and potentially a buying opportunity) or a sign that something is wrong with a company's business model that could threaten the safety of the dividend. Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) is one of the popular master limited [...]

December 11th, 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|