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Of the 35 U.S.-listed stocks paying monthly dividends, 16 are real estate investment trusts (REITs), 12 are investment trusts, 6 are energy royalty trusts, and one is a gold miner. Fourteen of these stocks are microcaps with a market capitalization less than $250 million, and five have a market value less than $100 million. Five REITs are standouts among monthly dividend payers when looking for modest payout ratios relative to cash flow along with growth and consistency of dividends. Shown below in order of market capitalization, these five monthly dividend payers have an average dividend yield of 5.3%, and dividends that have grown an average of 7.6% annually over the past five years.

With a $16.4 billion market capitalization, San Diego, Calif.-based Realty Income Corp. (O) is the biggest name in the group of five. Founded in 1997, Kansas City, Mo.-based EPR Properties (EPR) owns a $5.3 billion portfolio of specialty properties in entertainment, education, and recreation. Founded in 2010, Boston-based STAG Industrial (STAG) is a relative newcomer. It specializes in owning and managing huge warehouses along interstate highways. Westlake Village, Calif.-based LTC Properties (LTC) invests in seniors housing and health care properties. Founded in 2009, West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Chatham Lodging Trust (CLDT) invests in upscale, extended-stay hotels and premium-branded, select-service hotels.

Source: Forbes

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5 Good Dividend Stocks Owned by Bill Gates

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is the richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $86 billion, according to Forbes. He's also one of the world's largest philanthropists, running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation alongside his wife. The activities of the foundation are funded by a trust, which holds investment assets donated by Gates. (The trust also receives donations from fellow billionaire Warren Buffett.) For his own benefit, Gates has Cascade Investment, his personal wealth management firm, headed up by Michael Larson. If steady income is important to the health of your portfolio, you could do worse than follow the lead of Gates. After sifting through the publicly disclosed holdings in the billionaire's personal and charitable portfolios, we identified five of the most attractive dividend stocks owned by Bill Gates...

Ecolab (ECL) provides water treatment and other industrial-scale maintenance services for the oil and gas industry. Shipping giants UPS (UPS) and FedEx (FDX) have long enjoyed a wide moat that protects them from would-be competitors. Walgreens (WBA) has boosted its dividend every year since 1975. It merged with Alliance Boots in 2014 to form the current company. The Gates trust own nearly 12 million shares of the world's largest retailer WalMart (WMT). Waste Management’s (WM) revenues aren’t particularly sensitive to economic cycles for one simple reason: There will always be garbage.

Source: Kiplinger

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Income investors looking for a steady source of cash flow should look at stocks that pay a dividend to shareholders. This way, an income could be earned without selling your shares. One category, in particular, that is quite appealing is that of stocks that pay a high dividend yield. This article will focus on safe, high yield divided stocks for April 2017. It is also important that the dividend is safe. Consider the company and the sector it is part of, and how it would perform in different types of economies. Use past revenue trends to get an idea of how the future could turn out. Below is more info on what I believe to be the best high dividend stocks to watch in 2017.

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is a company that needs no introduction, due to its over 100 years of business. Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) is a company with operations in more than 30 countries around the world. Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) stock is down 33% over the last year. So here’s the question: is Target a high dividend stock to watch now? Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) is one of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S. It also provides annuity products, employee benefits services, and asset management. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the U.S., with more than 135.0 million customers.

Source: Income Investor

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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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