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3 Top Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Posted by D4L | Saturday, October 01, 2016 | | 0 comments »

If you are a dividend investor, then chances are you're a little more price conscious than some other investors out there. Looking for good dividend-paying stocks means finding those companies that have the financial fortitude to grow their dividends for years -- and buying the stock at a price when its dividend yield looks attractive.

With today's stock market pushing new highs as of late, you have to do a little more digging to find a bargain. It seems, though, that shares of ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), General Motors (NYSE:GM), and Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) look like pretty attractive dividend investments today.

Source: Motley Fool

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Finding Growth And A Stable 8% Yield

Posted by D4L | Saturday, October 01, 2016 | | 0 comments »

With global stock indices trading near all-time highs and bond yields reaching all-time lows, investment income has become increasingly more difficult to obtain. Spurred on by low interest rates and stubborn growth in the overall global economy, it is becoming ever more clear that lower rates may be sustained for some time to come. Today's featured company invests in mid-sized market leaders in niche specialties. The company has maintained its high distribution rate since becoming a public company. Despite its above average yield, the company has managed to grow and improve its holdings portfolio.

Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI) is a partnership that owns and manages numerous subsidiaries that span across a wide spectrum of expertise. The company seeks out middle market business opportunities in North America with a criteria of identifying leaders in niche markets. Preferred acquisition criteria include transactions between $75 million to $500 million, positive and stable EBITDA of at least $10 million, and highly defensible positions in their target markets. As a result of their acquisition strategy, the company owns a diverse range of market leaders spanning across hemp-based foods, environmental services, magnets, baby-based products, home and gun safes, medical support surfaces, and printed circuit boards to name a few.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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But rather than buying shares of companies with the highest current dividend yields, you might have better long-term performance if you focus on companies that are most likely to keep raising their payouts by large amounts, regardless of current yields. That’s the objective of the Franklin Rising Dividends Fund FRDPX, -0.27% Don Taylor, the mutual fund’s manager since 1996, screens for companies that have a long history of big dividend increases.

He also prefers companies with “relatively modest capital investment needs,” so that cash flow can be used for large dividend increases over extended periods. Taylor named three companies he thinks are attractive for long-term investors: Honeywell International Inc. (HON), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Medtronic PLC (MDT).

Source: Motley Fool

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If you're hungry for stable 3%-to-4% yield stocks that come equipped with a track record of at least five years of growing pay-outs, we've got just what you need. Bakery foods seller Flower Foods (FLO) and containerboard producer Packaging Corp of America (PKG) are two contenders that may be under-the-radar at this time, but are definitely worth your attention. They're both robust moneymaking machines that won't let you down.

Flowers Foods is a leading manufacturer of packaged bakery foods in the country. The company currently operates over 40 extremely proficient bakeries, producing a wide range of bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers in the U.S. With higher pricing looming down the road, Packaging Corp of America's stock gained 15% in just three months and is certain to keep darting forwards. The company is the fourth largest manufacturer of containerboards in the U.S. It's also the third largest maker of uncoated freesheets in North America.

Source: The Street

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A Safe 3-Stock Portfolio That Pays 5.9%

Posted by D4L | Thursday, September 29, 2016 | | 0 comments »

The S&P is roughly 54% more expensive than its historical average. This means that you’re roughly paying 54 cents more for every dollar you put into the stock market to get the same amount of earnings that you would’ve received if you’d invested in the market in the past. This is the point where most new investors get terrified and simply run away. “The market’s too expensive,” they think, and instead put their money in bonds (low yields) or cash (no yields). Or they invest in real estate (which historically underperforms the stock market by a huge margin). Any of these options would be a big mistake.

Instead, we need to think more creatively about the stock market. If it’s pricey now, that doesn’t mean we need to avoid stocks—it means we need a new strategy. First, let’s consider bonds. To do this, we can buy the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), which currently pays a 2.2% dividend. We can juice our income even more and diversify away from stocks by buying junk bonds. One way to do this is to get the iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG), which is now paying a 5.5% dividend. Let’s do what billionaires do and hedge our holdings. We can do this with a fund like the Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Buy-Write Opportunities Fund (ETV), which has recovered nicely after the big market turmoil earlier this year. Currently yielding 8.8%.

Source: InvestorPlace

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