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A Guide to Investing in Closed-End Funds

Closed-end funds can provide dividend investors with significantly more income compared to basic mutual funds, ETFs, and common stocks. However, closed-end funds are not well known by most investors and come with several complexities.   A closed-end fund is a type of investment company whose shares are traded on a stock exchange or in the [...]

January 14th, 2016|Dividend Investing|

Suncor (SU): Warren Buffett’s Big Oil Bet Has a Safe 3.7% Dividend Yield

Published on 1/9/2016 Warren Buffett only owns two stocks in the energy sector, and they both pay a dividend – Suncor (SU) and Phillips 66 (PSX). SU’s dividend yield is 3.7%, and it has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.   Buffett first bought into SU in 2013, investing around $500 million at the [...]

Sysco (SYY): A Dependable Dividend Aristocrat for Retirement Income

Sysco (SYY) is a holding in our Conservative Retirees dividend portfolio. The company is a dividend aristocrat that has paid dividends since 1970 and appears to offer a very safe 3% yield today.   While SYY’s growth rate is very moderate, the company’s durability has been noteworthy. The pace of change in the foodservice distribution [...]

Becton Dickinson (BDX): A Healthcare Dividend Aristocrat With Consistent Double-Digit Dividend Growth

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) is a world leader in medication management and patient safety solutions. The company has been in operation for more than 115 years and has increased its dividend for 44 consecutive years.   With a diverse portfolio of medical products, meaningful exposure to emerging markets and a large acquisition under its [...]

Dividend Growth: What Should You Expect in 2016?

The tallest tree in the world towers over the Earth at nearly 370 feet in height. The tree is part of Redwood National Park in California and is estimated to be 700 to 800 years old. If you are aware of any dividend stocks with an equally impressive growth streak, please let us know :-)   At [...]

December 12th, 2015|Dividend Investing, Investing Principles|

8 Master Limited Partnerships Risks

Master limited partnerships risks are increasingly in focus by dividend investors as energy prices remain depressed. The sector has attracted income investors thanks to its relatively high dividend yields, historically stable cash flows, and perceived protection from swings in commodity prices.   However, with many energy master limited partnerships down over 30% in 2015, it’s time [...]

November 24th, 2015|Dividend Investing, High Yield, Investing Principles|

Blue Chip Dividend Stocks

Blue chip dividend stocks can be some of the most appealing investment opportunities for income and capital appreciation. If you have ever wondered what blue chip dividend stocks are, why they are attractive, where you can find them, and what the best ones are, you have come to the right place.   What are Blue [...]

November 23rd, 2015|Dividend Investing, Investing Principles|

Are Utility Stocks in a Bubble?

Utility stocks pay some of the safest dividends around and typically sport much higher dividend yields than the market, reflecting their low growth prospects and making them a favorite source of income for retirees living off dividends. Many dividend investors wonder if utility stocks are in a bubble today after benefiting from extremely low interest rates for [...]

November 7th, 2015|Dividend Investing, High Yield, Retirement Income|

Living Off Dividends in Retirement

Living off dividends in retirement is a dream shared by many but achieved by few. In today’s environment marked by rising life expectancies, extremely low bond yields, and a 7-year bull market, retirees face challenges on all fronts to build a consistent income stream that will last a lifetime. Before zeroing in on any particular strategy [...]

5 Tips to Find Safer Stocks

While dividends have historically accounted for 20-40% of the stock market's total return, dividend investors need to remember that changes in the stock's price still account for the majority of returns. In our opinion, some of the biggest factors that can determine how much a stock moves are: (1) the industry it operates in; (2) [...]

October 7th, 2015|Dividend Investing, Investing Principles|

The 10 Best-Performing Dividend Stocks During Q3

With Q3 wrapping up last week, what did we learn from the market? One helpful form of analysis is to look at the best performing dividend stocks to see if any trends emerge. Our search for the 10 best dividend stocks of Q3 looked at dividend-paying stocks with market caps greater than $400 million and a current [...]

October 6th, 2015|Dividend Investing|

Will Rising Interest Rates Hurt Dividend Stocks?

Will rising interest rates hurt dividend stocks? Many income investors are asking themselves that question as it finally appears 2015 could be the year of higher interest rates. Many so-called “experts” expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise key interest rates by the end of the year. The last time the Federal Reserve raised rates was [...]

September 15th, 2015|Dividend Investing|