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Safe Dividend Stocks for the Second Quarter

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | | 0 comments »

These stocks have an impeccable record of paying continuous dividends over the years given their durable business models, strong cash flows and disciplined approach to capital allocation. Many of these companies are also in Simply Safe Dividends’ list of the best high dividend stocks here and trade at yields above their five-year averages, providing an attractive combination of current income and growth. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best safe dividend stocks for the second quarter.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a global leader in telecommunications, media and technology. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) is a global biopharmaceutical giant engaged in the development and manufacture of healthcare products. Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) is a leading global consumer goods company. United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS) is a holding in Warren Buffett’s dividend portfolio here and is the world’s largest package delivery and logistics company. Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) is the biggest provider of wireless service in the U.S. with 116.3 million retail customers. The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) is one of the largest beverage companies in the world, manufacturing and distributing more than 500 non-alcoholic drink brands. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) is a global healthcare company with a rich operating history exceeding 120 years. AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) is a research-driven global healthcare company, focusing on developing and delivering drugs in therapeutic areas. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is a leading global technology company inventing new technologies and products that have been powering the internet for more than three decades.

Source: InvestorPlace

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Who doesn’t like a deal, especially in these volatile stock market conditions that have been plaguing us for the past few months? And by a deal, I mean investments that are now trading at a discount to what they could be liquidated for by some 8% or more. And how about if this deal pays a monthly dividend that’s yielding more than 9%? And the extra kicker for this deal is that investors won’t owe a penny in Federal income taxes on that 9% and more yielding dividend payments. So, you’re asking what could I possible be writing about that could be this good?

Municipal bonds. There. I wrote it. Municipal bonds — the red-headed stepchild of the investment markets. This is the market that rarely gets a mention on the financial entertainment shows. But really, you need to take a peek at this market, because it really is a deal right now. Municipal bonds offer yields that are well above U.S. Treasuries and even more so when taking into consideration the tax savings on interest and dividend payments.

Source: InvestorPlace

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Top Rated Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | | 0 comments »

Dividend stocks can help diversify the constant stream of cash flows generated by your portfolio. These stocks are a safe bet to increase your portfolio value as they provide both steady income and cushion against market risks. A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. I’ve made a list of other value-adding dividend-paying stocks for you to consider for your investment portfolio.

Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH) operates as a vertically-integrated utility company in the United States. Spire Inc. (NYSE:SR) engages in the purchase, retail distribution, and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and other end-users of natural gas customers in the United States. Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas.

Source: Simply Wall St.

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This company's shares sell for a wide discount to NAV after the 2018 sell-off in high-yield. The company has a fairly diversified investment portfolio that consists largely of secured debt. It increased its exposure to variable-rate debt in the last several quarters. I don't expect a dividend cut over the short haul. An investment in the stock yields 11.5 percent.

Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV) is a promising "Buy" on the drop. The business development sells for an attractive discount to net asset value, and it covers its dividend with net investment income. Though the BDC's eleven percent dividend comes with certain risks, I believe the combination of high, recurring dividend income and a low P/NAV-ratio make Apollo Investment Corporation a "Buy" at today's price point. An investment in AINV comes with a dividend yield of 11.5 percent.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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This REIT's shares were kicked to the curb in March when the company issued its 2018 FFO guidance. The company's dividend yield has spiked to ~11 percent, suggesting that the market is increasingly concerned about the REIT's dividend sustainability. However, the REIT has not slashed its dividend before, and the REIT continues to cover its dividend with cash flow. An investment in it is only suitable for investors with a very high risk tolerance. Investors that rely on safe dividend income should give this one a pass for now.

Whitestone REIT's (WSR) shares plunged after the company released a soft FFO guidance for 2018 and missed FFO estimates for the fourth quarter. As a result, Whitestone REIT's dividend yield has spiked, reflecting increasing investor concerns that the dividend might be at risk. What should income investors do now? A company that reports lower funds from operations or that guides for a decline in FFO puts shareholders in a tricky situation. When a company guides for lower FFO and/or misses FFO estimates, it typically triggers a sell-off in the stock. And this is exactly what happened with Whitestone REIT in March.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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