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

9 Best Ex-Dividend Dates for February

We at Wyatt Investment Research talk quite a bit about where to find yield. We rarely mention when to find it. For income investors like us, it’s important to know which companies are increasing their dividends and which companies offer attractive yields. It’s equally important to know the ex-dividend dates for each company. Money-market accounts … Continue reading 9 Best Ex-Dividend Dates for February

Three Unlikely Places to Unearth Dividend Payouts

The Fed’s decision to keep interest rates near zero through 2015 has left a huge void in the income investing world. Fortunately, U.S. companies are trying to fill that void. Corporate earnings have improved in recent years, and more U.S. companies have excess cash on their balance sheets than at any time since the recession. … Continue reading Three Unlikely Places to Unearth Dividend Payouts

Why I Prefer the Tried & True Over the Exciting & New

In his new book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, Nassim Taleb coins a new word “neomania” to label the mistaken belief that newer is better. I see many investors afflicted with neomania, and I understand the affliction. What’s new instills a sense of optimism and limitless potential.  Getting in on Microsoft’s (NYSE: MSFT) initial … Continue reading Why I Prefer the Tried & True Over the Exciting & New

An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield

The five-year run-up in U.S. stocks has been great for long-term investors already in the game.  For new investors, the run-up is less great: Value and yield have been largely wrung out of the market.  New money must scrounge and claw to unearth quality income stocks. As an income investor, I can sympathize with the … Continue reading An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield