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This has been the most traumatic year for dividend investors since 2008, if not longer. Major blue-chip companies have been announcing dividend cuts or suspensions almost every day. Last Tuesday, Disney (NYSE:DIS) joined the crowd with its shocking decision to not pay its dividend for the first half of 2020. And in the high-yield space, it’s been an absolute bloodbath. Whole segments of the market, like energy, mortgage REITs and business development companies have seen their payments shrivel up. It’s looking grim for many dividend stocks.

If you use index funds, that’s a depressing outlook. Meanwhile, inflation keeps ticking on, eroding purchasing power. There’s a solution to this unpleasant forecast: Pick dividend stocks that can maintain their payouts despite the sour economic conditions at present. Here are seven such dividend stocks that are standing tall despite the coronavirus: Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), PepsiCo (NASDAQ:PEP), Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) and Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK).

Source: InvestorPlace

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This sustainable infrastructure company could generate steady dividend growth over the coming years. The company did experience some foreign exchange headwinds and lower solar energy resources in some of the regions where it operates. However, it offset those negatives thanks in part to higher availability levels at its transmission lines and water assets. Furthermore, it's worth noting that it didn't experience any material impact from the COVID-19 outbreak during the quarter as its infrastructure assets are essential and backed by long-term, fixed-rate contracts that insulate it from near-term pricing and volume fluctuations.

Atlantica Yield (NASDAQ:AY) is all about sustainability. The company focuses on operating a portfolio of sustainable infrastructure assets like renewable energy projects and water desalinization plants that generate durable cash flows backed by long-term contracts. That provides it with the funds to pay an attractive dividend, which currently yields 6.8%. While higher-yielding payouts like that often come with more risk, Atlantica aims to sustain its payout by keeping its leverage low so that it can continue expanding its portfolio. Those durable characteristics were on full display during the first quarter.

Source: Motley Fool

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We’ve opened up the TipRanks database, finding three stocks whose profile justifies the entry risk in today’s unsettled conditions. All three have recently beaten their earnings forecast, and are backed by several analysts, enough to earn a “strong buy” consensus rating. And better yet, for income-minded investors, all three of these stocks show high and reliable dividend yields.

First on our list is a $7 billion player in the mortgage industry. Fidelity National Financial (FNF) provides analysis, leverage, title insurance, and underwriting services in the commercial and residential mortgage service market. Next up on our list is an insurance service company, First American Financial (FAF). FAF specializes in title and lenders insurance, as well as property and casualty policies. The final stock on our list is a giant of the oil industry. Total SA boasts a $90 billion market cap, even after falling 29% in the current bear cycle.

Source: Yahoo Finance

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How To Retire: Buy Better Stocks

Posted by D4L | Monday, May 25, 2020 | | 0 comments »

If you’re an investor or aspire to be one, don’t fear the reaper. Look him or her in the face - from a safe distance of six feet. Consider changes to the way you live with all of this time to think on your hands. Then use what might just be our “new normal” to add fuel to your retirement portfolio’s fire. This is a great opportunity to build a higher-quality portfolio filled with stronger dividend-growth stocks.

Investors looking for solid income investments can still turn to REITs as an effective way to invest in real estate. This a great opportunity to build a stronger portfolio. Several of the highest quality companies dipped and created attractive entry points for investors. There are plenty of good choices available among the stronger companies, without needing to accept weaker stocks.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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Healthcare is one of the few sectors seeing high demand right now, with companies working to develop COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tests. The sector also offers its fair share of volatility, however. So for investors seeking stability and income during the pandemic, these two healthcare Dividend Aristocrats should be a good choice in the chaos.

Who isn't familiar with Johnson & Johnson's (NYSE:JNJ) brands? Listerine, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Benadryl, Stayfree, and many more are staples in consumers' lives. As a Dividend Aristocrat, Johnson & Johnson has grown its adjusted operating earnings for 35 years. As a cherry on top, it's consistently increased its dividend payments to shareholders for the past 58 years. Just like Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is a Dividend Aristocrat that has increased its payouts for the past 42 years. An Ireland-based medical device manufacturer, Medtronic's current dividend yield isn't sky-high at just 2.2%, but its capacity to increase that dividend makes it an exciting stock in these distressing times. In March, the company announced an 8% dividend increase for fourth-quarter 2020.

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