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 cigarettes continue their secular decline and more alternative products enter the market, some investors are worried about Altria's long-term outlook and the safety of its dividend.

September 7th, 2018|

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 and stable sources of income. Three Major Asset Classes to Consider Most investors spread their portfolios across three types of major asset classes: cash, bonds, and stocks. Each group has its own strengths and weaknesses, both over the long term and during recessions and bear markets. Cash and cash equivalents (such as savings accounts and short-term U.S. treasury bills) are a way of ensuring short-term [...]

September 6th, 2018|

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 has made some fundamental changes to its business model in an effort to adapt to changing consumer tastes which have pressured growth for many packaged food giants. Earlier this year the firm made a major acquisition and announced a dividend freeze (not a cut) that snaps a 13-year dividend growth streak. Let's take a closer look at what investors need to know about this company's [...]

August 31st, 2018|

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, Kinder Morgan announced what it expects to be the last major asset sale of its turnaround effort, which it believes will allow it to return to some of the fastest and safest dividend growth in the midstream industry. Let's take a look at what dividend investors need to know, including how safe Kinder's dividend really is and what kind of income growth investors might be [...]

August 31st, 2018|
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