Assuming investors can look past the negative headlines related to the Iraqi conflict and Russian-Ukraine standoff, there are plenty of great international investments. Dividends are another great way to help control risk when investing in international markets. International dividend stocks yielding 4% are also very enticing at a time when the S&P 500 yields an average of 2%. The top 4 international dividend stocks all yield over 4%.

1. CNOOC Ltd (NYSE: CEO)- This is China’s largest offshore producer of crude oil and natural gas. It also operates in Indonesia, Australia, Nigeria, Uganda, Argentina, the United States, and Canada. CNOOC had proved reserves of 4.4 billion barrels-of-oil equivalent at the end of 2013. Compare that to Chevron’s 11.2 billion barrels-of-oil equivalent. 2. Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) - Bank of Montreal is the fourth largest bank in Canada by assets. Earlier this year it acquired F&C Asset Management, doubling the size of its institutional asset management business in Europe. It’ll also be able to utilize the F&C expertise in its North American and Asian client base. Only 1% of F&C asset base were in North America.

Source: ETF Daily News

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What’s the worst thing that can happen to dividend stocks? Is it the CEO leaving for “personal reasons”? No. Is it two bad quarters in a row? No. Is it some kind of crisis that requires it to hire a top-notch crisis PR firm? No. The worst thing that can happen to dividend stocks is a reduction in its regular payout. Few things will crater a dividend stock more than announcing it is reducing the amount of money it returns to shareholders. That’s because people have likely chosen the dividend stock as an investment because of the dividend (or at least, that’s one of the top reasons).

Fortunately, there are a number of dividend stocks you can invest in with little concern of a dividend cut, because these companies have been in the income game for the long haul. Specifically, these Dependable Dividend Stocks have all been paying out dividends for at least 50 years: 3M (MMM) Yield: 2.4%, Emerson Electric (EMR) Yield: 2.5% and Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Yield: 1.9%.

Source: InvestorPlace

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Dividend Stocks, ETFs Remain in Style

Posted by D4L | Monday, July 21, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Dividend increases among U.S. companies rose $12.6 billion in the April through June time frame, but that lags the $17.6 billion growth rate seen in the first quarter, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, 696 dividend increases were reported during the second quarter of this year compared to the 591 increases which were reported during the second quarter of last year. For the first half of 2014, 1,774 issues increased their payments, up 15.6% from the 1,535 issues that increased their payments during the first half of 2013.

Those statistics fortify the notion that dividend stocks and the exchange traded funds that hold them remain favored by investors. “Mutual funds focused on some of these yield-oriented sectors have attracted greater interest from investors this year. In 2014 through May, utility and energy limited-partnership-focused funds in the U.S. brought in $6.08 billion in new investor cash, up from $4.21 billion in the year-earlier period, according to fund tracker Morningstar, reports Matt Jarzemsky for the Wall Street Journal.

Source: ETF Trends

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Why Dividend Stocks Have Become Dangerous

Posted by D4L | Sunday, July 20, 2014 | | 0 comments »

Over the past five years the stocks in the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) have posted average earnings growth of nearly 7%. Meanwhile, the stocks in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) had annualized earnings growth of 8.7%. Yet right now you’re paying a higher price for the lower growth rate: The SPDR Dividend ETF’s trailing price earnings multiple of 18.9 is significantly higher than the 17.4 for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.

And while it makes perfect sense to pay up for a solid blue chip dividend payer, right now the price seems especially high for companies such as Coca-Cola (KO), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Walgreens (WAG). That compares to the market trading at about 16.5x and defensive consumer stocks at around 19x. Dividend-payers, says the conventional wisdom, will command a higher valuation as Baby Boomers ease into retirement. But even dividend stocks, no matter how solid, can be too expensive. - See more at: http://ycharts.com/analysis/story/why_dividend_stocks_have_become_dangerous#sthash.lYgOiqzw.dpuf

Source: yCharts

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Quarterly, Semi-Annual and Annual dividend stockholders anxiously await announcements from a firm, fund, or analyst to learn if their next dividend will be higher, lower, or paid at all. Monthly pay stocks, funds, trusts, and partnerships inform the holder every four and one third weeks by check and/or statement. If the entity reduces or suspends a payment, the holder can sell out of the investment immediately to cut future losses. This advantage has been countered when companies suddenly cut monthly dividends to save cash and trigger a price crash. The segment is volatile.

Pacific Coast Oil Trust netted $229.61 based on dividends plus a mean target price estimate from four analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 45% opposite the market as a whole. LinnCo, LLC netted $209.43 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from nine analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 88% less than the market as a whole. Prospect Capital Corp. netted $202.43 based on dividends plus the mean of annual price estimates from ten analysts less broker fees. The Beta number showed this estimate subject to volatility 17% less than the market as a whole.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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