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Annaly Capital Management (NLY): Is the 10.6% Dividend Yield Safe When Interest Rates Rise?

When it comes to high-yield stocks, few companies offer higher income than mortgage REITs such as Annaly Capital Management (NLY).   However, it’s vitally important for dividend investors to realize that this industry is one of the hardest to consistently profit from, for numerous reasons.   Let’s take a closer look at Annaly Capital, one [...]

April 6th, 2017|High Yield, REIT|

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): A High Yield but a Lot of Risks to Consider

As the market continues to climb to new record highs, many investors are searching for safe dividend stocks paying high dividends (see 28 such companies here).   The healthcare sector, pharmaceuticals in particular, is generally considered a defensive sector thanks to the recession-resistant nature of its product sales.   However, while this is true as [...]

April 6th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Las Vegas Sands (LVS): High-Yield Dividend Income or a Risky Gamble?

Many founder-led companies can make for solid long-term investments, specifically when it comes to dividend stocks.   That’s because the founder and CEO owns a large stake in the business and often has a natural incentive to pay a generous and growing dividend, an appealing proposition for income investors seeking to live off dividends.   [...]

April 5th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Duke Energy (DUK) Pays Steady Dividends for Retirement Portfolios

Duke Energy (DUK) is a popular holding in many retirement portfolios because of the company’s generous and dependable dividend.   Duke Energy has paid uninterrupted dividends for more than 90 years and increased its payout each calendar year since 2005.   With a dividend yield above 4%, a high Dividend Safety Score, and low stock [...]

March 23rd, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Higher Interest Rates Impact Utilities: What Dividend Investors Need to Know

Higher interest rates create a number of risks and opportunities for investors in the utility sector.   Utilities have long been a staple for low risk income investors, such as those that live off dividends during retirement.   That’s because most utilities have long track records of highly secure and slowly growing dividends, thanks to [...]

March 20th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

GameStop (GME): A 6% Yield, But is the Dividend Safe?

At a glance, GameStop (GME) is a tempting dividend stock for retired income investors.   GameStop offers a high dividend yield in excess of 6% and has increased its dividend every year since initiating its dividend program in 2012.   The company has a healthy payout ratio near 40% and consistently generates positive free cash [...]

March 13th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP): A High-Yield, Fast-Growing Utility

Utilities are one of the cornerstones of high-yield portfolios and for good reason.   Their generally stable and predictable cash flows, often protected by regulated prices, result in most utilities achieving high Dividend Safety Scores.   Safe payouts can be a major asset for low risk investors - especially retirees who depend on dividends for [...]

March 11th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Vector Group (VGR): How Safe is the Sky-High Dividend Yield?

Tobacco stocks such as Altria (MO) and Philip Morris International (PM) have long been favorites for dividend investors seeking generous, secure, and steadily growing yields.   However, with massive consolidation in the tobacco industry, courtesy of the secular decline in world smoking rates, the number of quality tobacco blue chips continues to decline.   Vector [...]

March 7th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A): Is a Dividend Cut on the Horizon?

With interest rates still at historic lows and the stock market soaring, income investors are hard pressed to find good places to put new capital to work.   As a result, high-yield stocks such as Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) often attract investors with the promise of mouthwatering yields.   But while there are excellent high-yield [...]

March 7th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

GNC Suspends Dividend: An Important Lesson on Dividend Safety

GNC (GNC) surprised many income investors when management recently announced that the company’s dividend will be suspended.   After all, GNC has been in business for more than 80 years, maintains a payout ratio below 40%, generates solid free cash flow, and even increased its dividend every year since it began paying one in 2012 [...]

February 20th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

YieldCo Primer for High Dividend Investors

YieldCos are a relatively new class of dividend stocks luring in many investors.   While many YieldCos offer strong income growth potential, not unlike the famous Dividend Aristocrats, they also come with high yields that average more than 5%.   This combination of high yield and high income growth results from YieldCos' exposure to renewable [...]

February 16th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Scorpio Tankers (STNG) Cuts Dividend 92% – What Should Income Investors Do Now?

Scorpio Tankers (STNG) shocked many income investors when the company announced a 92% cut to its dividend this morning.   After all, the company’s management team sounded confident about maintaining Scorpio Tankers’ dividend just a few months ago in November:   “If you run through our model, the company is fully able to pay its [...]

February 14th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Dominion Energy (D): A Quality Utility Stock for Dividend Income & Growth

Regulated utilities have long been a staple for many retired investors living off dividends.   However, while most people think of this industry as one that generally consists of high-yield, slow but steady dividend growth, that isn’t always the case.   In fact, Dominion Resources (D) is one of the fastest growing regulated utilities you [...]

February 10th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Macy’s (M): A Household Name with a High (but Risky) Dividend

Sporting a high 4.8% dividend yield and trading at its 5-year low, Macy's (M) at first glance looks like it could be an attractive investment for investors living off dividends in retirement.   But many retailers, especially department stores like Macy's, have suffered mightily over the past decade because of competition on the internet.   Can investors [...]

February 7th, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|

Philip Morris International (PM): A Popular High Dividend Stock for Retirement Portfolios

While it may surprise many investors, history has shown us that many of the best long-term investments aren’t hyper-growth companies but much more boring dividend growth machines.   For example, in the last 50 years Altria (MO), formerly Philip Morris, has been one of the best performing stocks on a total return basis, rising an [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Dividend Stocks, High Yield|