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High yield income vehicles often pay shareholders a high dividend which may, or may not, be sustainable. That said, though, some high yield income vehicles actually come with dividend upside, and this company surely is one such company that investor may want to place at the top of their shopping lists. The reason for this is that the company's dividend coverage measures tilt the odds in favor of a dividend hike in 2017, and this is especially true if the Federal Reserve keeps on pushing short term interest rates higher.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance (NYSE:ARI) is a high yield income vehicle that is still worth buying. Though shares have hit a new 52 week high lately, the commercial real estate finance company convinces with strong dividend coverage stats. Further, the company may soon hike its dividend as operating earnings get a lift from higher interest rates tied to the company's floating rate loan portfolio. Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, in a nutshell, is a commercial real estate debt provider that invests in performing first mortgage loans, subordinate loans, commercial mortgage backed securities, and other instruments. First mortgage loans and subordinate loans make up the bulk of the real estate company's investment portfolio. Way more than 80 percent of loans are floating rate, potentially leading to a significant operating earnings boost in an environment of rising interest rates.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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3 Crash-Resistant Dividend Stocks For 2017

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | | 0 comments »

I was having dinner with friends recently, and someone asked the question, "Stocks are expensive. How should I protect myself in case the market crashes? Should I short something, or maybe use options?" For most investors, an exotic strategy like one of these isn't necessary. Instead, you can protect yourself from a stock market correction or crash by keeping some defensive stocks in your portfolio. Here are three good examples you may want to consider.

The financial crisis left many investors with a lingering fear of bank stocks, and understandably so. However, not all bank stocks are the same. One that I bought specifically for its track record throughout tough times is Canada-based Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD), which is better known simply as TD Bank. The first of two REITs in this discussion, Welltower (NYSE:HCN) is the largest real estate investment trust focused on healthcare properties. One of my favorite dividend stocks to own in good times and bad times is net-lease retail REIT Realty Income (NYSE:O).

Source: Motley Fool

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Top 5 Foreign Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | | 1 comments »

As the U.S. economy continues to strengthen, and continue job creation for nearly 80 consecutive months, the global economy is starting to perk up as well. As people continue to clamor for income, increased scrutiny has been placed upon dividend paying stocks. It's up to investors to find good, quality companies that can continue to increase their payouts, while not having to worry about being over levered.

As investors continue to seek out value in light of the recent rise in asset prices around the world, companies that have strong fundamentals are poised to thrive more than their peers, including global blue-chips like Siemens (SIEGY) and Toyota (TM). We really like Nestle (NSRGY) -- they're a good global food company and we think they can reach $80 a share over the next year or 18 months, no matter what the economy is doing. Other companies, like Kimberly-Clark Mexico (KCDMY) and French supermarket Carrefour (akin to Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST) in the U.S.) are also poised to do well, as the standard of living improves and economies become more stable.


Source: The Street

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I doubt you pay much attention to Canadian banks, but these firms cap my list of top dividend stocks. These quiet lenders sailed through the financial crisis. While U.S. banks dropped like flies, these guys kept paying out dividends to shareholders. In fact, these “Forever Assets” have paid out dividends for over a century. The oldest one on this list hasn’t skipped a dividend since 1829. You could own these companies today and hold them for the rest of your life.

Longtime investors have made a fortune. These wonderful, entrenched businesses crank out oversized profits year after year and many of them have paid out distributions for decades. They top my list of the ultimate Forever Assets for a handful of reasons: Bank of Montreal (NYSE:BMO) 3.5%, Bank of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) 3.9%, Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE:TD) 3.5%, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) 4.5% and Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY) 3.6%.

Source: Income Investor

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These companies have a sustainable business model and enjoy competitive advantages, 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 quality and promising investments 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 a long history of outperformance compared with the broader stock market or any other dividend paying stock, it does not necessarily mean that they have the highest yields. Here are five of the 22 stocks that fit the bill...

EnerSys (ENS): This Pennsylvania-based company is a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications. Broadcom Limited (AVGO): This Singapore-based company designs, develops and supplies a range of complex digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor based devices and analog III-V based products worldwide. Pool Corporation (POOL): This Louisiana-based company distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment and related leisure products in North America, Europe, South America and Australia. The Allstate Corp (ALL): This Illinois-based company is engaged in property-liability insurance and life insurance business in the United States and Canada. Tall grass Energy Partners LP (TEP): This Kansas-based company owns, operates, acquires and develops midstream energy assets primarily in North America.

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