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This company is a top-shelf income vehicle with a record of consistent dividend growth. Correction in the REIT sector has made it much more affordable. Strong portfolio stats and dividend coverage tilt the odds in favor of ongoing dividend growth. The REIT just handed shareholders a 4.4 percent raise. Entry yield: 4.7 percent.

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN) is a high-quality REIT with a diversified real estate portfolio and, importantly, a much more attractive and affordable valuation after the correction in the REIT sector in the last several months. National Retail Properties offers income investors an opportunity to capture long term FFO and dividend growth, and the real estate investment trust has just recently handed shareholders another dividend raise.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Not every company that pays a special dividend will be a viable investment candidate. To be honest, some are not worth your time. But there are plenty of attractive, financially sound businesses that have embraced this method of rewarding stockholders, including Dish Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NYSE:WFM) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). That’s why I created the High-Yield Investing Special Dividend-Payers Index. Every month, I showcase companies that are rewarding investors with special dividends. I also watch the proprietary StreetAuthority Special Dividend-Payers Index, which monitors the share price performance of companies that habitually return a portion of their annual profits through bonus payments. This information is typically only available to my paid subscribers, but today I’ll share my latest pick with you...

This 7.1% Yielder Makes 14 Dividend Payments Per Year. Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN) is the only company I know of that regularly makes 14 dividend payments a year — 12 regular monthly payments and a pair of special distributions in June and December. In May, the company approved ordinary dividends of $0.185 per share for June, July, and August, totaling $0.555 for the quarter. In addition, it paid the first semi-annual special dividend in the amount of $0.275 per share on June 15. At the current rate, the company will distribute a total of $2.77 per share this year for a robust yield of 7.1%. You’ll notice that sites like Yahoo quote a yield of 5.7%, but that figure only includes the regular dividends and doesn’t reflect the special payments.

Source: InvestorPlace

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2 of the Best Dividend Stocks You Forgot About

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | | 0 comments »

If you flip on the television for stock-market news, you're likely to be bombarded by newsworthy developments from exciting stocks. Companies in Silicon Valley, massive financial institutions, and even Detroit automakers dominate for good reason: They're extremely interesting! With all the noise surrounding the stock market, it's easy to forget about some of the best dividend stocks that don't make headlines. Here are two great examples...

But one great thing about the stock market is that boring companies can excel just as easily. And while Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) won't catch your eye on TV, they're two great dividend stocks that you probably forgot all about.

Source: Motley Fool

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At first glance, it seems that a hefty initial investment is required to generate any significant income in today’s environment. The average annual dividend yield of all S&P 500 companies right now is 1.88%. So if an investor wants to earn an extra $10,000 of income a year from dividends, simple calculation shows that they would need an initial outlay of $531,915. As a result, some people have ditched the idea of income investing altogether and moved into the more profitable—but also significantly more risky—business of trading. But before you put your money in the hottest high-momentum tech stock, note that you don’t need to be an ultra-high-net-worth individual to earn a decent return from an income portfolio. In fact, the company I’m about to show you is now paying investors $10,000 a year on just $123,457 of initial investment. Better yet, the checks are mailed out to investors on a monthly basis.

The company in question is Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:GAIN), a business development company (BDC) headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For those not in the know, BDCs are closed-end funds that invest in small- and medium-sized businesses. Compared to venture capital funds that also focus on early stage companies, BDCs are different because many of them are publicly traded. This means small investors have a chance to in tap into the growth of these companies and liquidity is not an issue. Here’s the best part: BDCs are structured as regulated investment companies (RICs), meaning they pay little or no income tax at the corporate level. In return for having this tax pass-through status, they are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to investors in the form of dividends.

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If you're looking to get on the ascending side of a growth trajectory, maybe you should look closer at this company. Q2 '17 revenue, EBITDA and DCF all grew over 30% to record amounts. Management has increased quarterly distributions 18 straight quarters - it goes ex-dividend this week. It just increased 2017 guidance again for the second time this year. Distribution will grow 12% to 15% in 2017 and double digits in 2018. The CEO bought 9,000 shares in June.

MPLX LP (MPLX), a midstream energy MLP, has been on a roll, increasing its assets via drop-downs from its sponsor/general partner, Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:MPC). MPLX is a diversified, growth-oriented master limited partnership formed in 2012 to own, operate, develop, and acquire midstream energy infrastructure assets. In 2015, MPLX merged with MarkWest, whereby MarkWest became a wholly-owned subsidiary of MPLX. Q2 '17 saw record amounts again, in revenue, net income, EBITDA, and DCF.

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