How to Spot a Safe Dividend and Avoid a 46% Loss

Earlier this month, one high-yield MLP called Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE: BWP) slashed its dividend by 81%. Overnight, the stock price plunged from $24 to $13.  That’s a one-day loss of 46%. You may not own shares of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. But the blowup of this Master Limited Partnership (MLP) provides valuable lessons for every … Continue reading How to Spot a Safe Dividend and Avoid a 46% Loss

4 Big Dividend Increases to Capture Now

This year, S&P 500 companies are expected to pay a record $339 billion in dividends.  That’s an 8.9% increase over the $312 billion in dividends paid in 2013. But why settle for an 8.9% increase? If you’re into dividend growth, think big – think double-digit big.  Four familiar, established S&P 500 members have already announced … Continue reading 4 Big Dividend Increases to Capture Now

The Dividend: Ignore This Powerful Indicator at Your Own Peril

“How do I invest in a company whose shares are most likely to appreciate?” The answer is really the Philosopher’s stone of investing. Therefore, it’s no surprise we frequently field the question (or a variation of it) at Wyatt Research. In my sphere of the investing universe, which is moored to income, there is one … Continue reading The Dividend: Ignore This Powerful Indicator at Your Own Peril

Diamond Offshore Drilling: Ideal for Income Investors

Most investors head for the hills when a stock is hit by analyst downgrades.  As for me, I want a closer look.  Value frequently materializes after an exodus. I see value following the investor exodus from Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO), whose business is readily gleaned from its name: Diamond provides offshore drilling rigs — … Continue reading Diamond Offshore Drilling: Ideal for Income Investors

Why Income Investors Should Prefer “New” Coke to “Old” Coke

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) just might be the premier dividend grower. The company has paid a quarterly dividend since 1920 and has increased the dividend each year for the past 50 years. You’ll find Coca-Cola on every list of “dividend aristocrats.” It’s the safe and obvious bet. No money manager jeopardizes his job recommending … Continue reading Why Income Investors Should Prefer “New” Coke to “Old” Coke

Top Residential REIT Boosts Dividend by 8.4%

Just last week, one of the premier residential REITs raised its dividend.  And income investors who buy the stock before March 31 can claim the next dividend check. That company is AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB), a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a market capitalization of $16 billion. With an 8.4% increase in its dividend, … Continue reading Top Residential REIT Boosts Dividend by 8.4%

3 Dividend Paying Stocks Poised to Maintain Momentum

I’m sure you’ve noticed 2014 has gotten off to a rough and rocky start.  Stocks across the board have traded mostly down. The Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index has sagged 4.5% year to date – a palpable reversal from the 30% upward thrust in 2013. Now I did say “mostly” down, not all down.  A … Continue reading 3 Dividend Paying Stocks Poised to Maintain Momentum

4 Dividend ETFs for High Yield and Safety

I’m an income investor who prefers to construct investment portfolios with individual securities.  Fortunately, I have the time and ability to analyze and cobble together individual securities to create high-yield, diversified income portfolios.  After all, it is  my occupation. Other investors are more time constrained, or they lack the wherewithal, or perhaps even the confidence, … Continue reading 4 Dividend ETFs for High Yield and Safety