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Many high-yield dividend payers don’t care about the interest-rate boogeyman – and some actually outperform the market when the Fed lifts rates. Consider this research from index provider MSCI studying 88 years of market history up through July 2015 (emphasis mine): “We found that, when rates were low to begin with, high-dividend stocks outperformed the market by an annualized 2.4 percentage points when rates started to go up. On the other hand, when low rates fell under such conditions, the high-dividend stocks in our study actually lagged the market by an annualized 2.6 percentage points.” Let’s start with a unicorn – an insurer that yields more than 4%...

There aren’t many of them, but Mercury General Corporation (NYSE:MCY) breaks the mold despite being a fairly modestly sized insurance company – a $3.3 billion firm that operates primarily in California with some additional business in 10 more states. Host Hotels & Resorts Inc (NYSE:HST) can raise its rents daily. It’s one of the premiere hotel-related REITs on the market. Apple Hospitality REIT Inc (NYSE:APLE) isn’t quite like Host in that it’s properties aren’t at the super-high end of the luxury spectrum, but its properties are still upscale. New Mountain Finance Corp. (NYSE:NMFC) is a business development company that targets so-called “defensive growth” companies across a wide number of sectors and industries, including consumer services, healthcare, software and education. Invesco Trust for Investment Grade Municipals (NYSE:VGM) invests in 490 high-credit-quality municipal bonds that results in a yield of 5.9% currently.

Source: InvestorPlace

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Smaller REITs have a competitive advantage over bigger REITs: They can much more easily grow their valuations through smart and value-enhancing acquisitions. Bigger REITs often already have exhausted this option while smaller REITs have much more growth value for their shareholders. Big REITs, on the other hand, are usually longer in business, have a much longer dividend history, and, therefore, a lower risk for investors. This company is a bet on FFO growth as much as it is an income play. The REIT has largely grown through acquisitions, which have fueled the company's core FFO. Its dividend coverage has been quite good. Shares sell for ~12.5x core FFO, and the REIT expects to fully earn its dividend in 2017. An investment in the stock yields 7.80 percent.

Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSEMKT:IRT) is a fast-growing real estate investment trust that does not get the coverage or attention it deserves. The REIT is aggressively buying properties to expand its portfolio, and has increased its core funds from operations at a really fast pace in the last several years. Independence Realty Trust is a bet on continued FFO growth as much as it is an income vehicle that pays shareholders a handsome 8 percent yield.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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3 Dividend Stocks You Don't Have to Babysit

Posted by D4L | Monday, April 24, 2017 | | 2 comments »

Dividend stocks can make for wonderful investments. But like any other stock, it's important to have a good understanding of the underlying business you're buying into. After all, even the best company can see its stock price move up and down quickly, when the market gets riled up. But if you have a solid understanding of the business itself, that can go a long way toward helping you make the best investment choices, as well as avoiding stocks you may have to watch more closely than you really want to.

If you're looking for solid, dependable dividends from companies you don't need to keep a constant eye on, we have identified three of the best. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (NYSE:BIP), Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are three very different businesses with almost no overlap, but all three are the kinds of investments you can make and not feel like you need to check on first thing in the morning.

Source: Motley Fool

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5 Dividend Stocks That Ensure Solid Growth

Posted by D4L | Monday, April 24, 2017 | | 0 comments »

These companies have a sustainable business model, a long track of profitability, rising cash flows, good liquidity, strong balance sheet and some value characteristics. All these superior fundamentals make dividend growth stocks a quality and promising investment for the long term. Further, a history of strong dividend growth indicates that a future hike is likely. This makes the portfolio healthy and safe. Though these stocks have long history of outperformance compared to the broad stock market or any other dividend paying stocks, it does not necessarily mean that they have the highest yields. Here are five of the 25 stocks that fit the bill...

Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) is engaged in designing, building, overhauling, and repairing ships primarily for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) s a worldwide pure-play online and console game publisher with leading market positions across all categories of the rapidly growing interactive entertainment software industry. Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (BGFV) is a leading sporting goods retailer in the western United States, operating stores under the name Big 5 Sporting Goods. Tallgrass Energy Partners LP (TEP) owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets primarily in North America. Lazard Ltd. (LAZ) is a preeminent international financial advisory and asset management firm that has long specialized in crafting solutions to the complex financial and strategic challenges of their clients.

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One bullish indicator to keep in mind is what members of senior management do with their own personal money. If they are purchasing shares in their personal accounts for the companies they lead, this is known as insider buying. And there is only one reason they would do this: a belief that the shares will come to trade higher. There are some aspects outside of the company to consider as well, such as other companies in the same sector and their market share. The ease of entry to the sector is another; if is quite simple, then it means there could be a lot of change occurring in the market share, which is seen as a negative. In contrast, a sector that is hard to start a business in is great for investors, since it should protect profits and market share. If you’re wondering which stocks under $5.00 would best fit the above criteria, here is a list of the best cheap dividend stocks to watch in April...

Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) is a company that operators four segments: Chemicals, Component Products, Waste Management, and Real Estate Management and Development. Cia Energetica de Minas Gerais CEMIG-ADR (NYSE:CIG) is a company engaged in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in South America. CPI Card Group Inc (NASDAQ:PMTS) is a company operating in North America and the U.K. that provides financial payment card solutions. United Microelectronics Corp (ADR) (NYSE:UMC) is a global semiconductor company that manufactures products for networking, telecommunications, the Internet, multimedia, and personal computers. Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE:OZM) is focused on managing money for institutions.

Source: Income Ivestor

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