Dividends4Life: 7 Dividend Stocks That May Be Hurting Your Retirement

To alert investors of stocks that have the highest risk of reducing their current dividend in the future, Simply Safe Dividends created a Dividend Safety Score system that analyzes a company’s payout ratios, debt levels, recession performance, cash flow generation, recent earnings performance, dividend longevity and more. I used Dividend Safety Scores to identify seven companies that have either recently cut their dividend and remain in trouble, or that could be facing a dividend cut in the near future. Owning companies like these can hurt a conservative retirement portfolio.

Frontier Communications Corp (NASDAQ:FTR) finally bit the bullet and completely suspended its dividend in February 2018. CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:CTL) is one of the largest telecom services providers in America and sports a juicy yield north of 10%. Government Properties Income Trust (NASDAQ:GOV) has not raised its dividend over the last five years. GlaxoSmithKline Plc (ADR) (NYSE:GSK) has kept its dividend frozen since 2012 and has impressively paid uninterrupted dividends for nearly 20 consecutive years. Waddell & Reed (WDR). Dine Brands Global Inc (NYSE:DIN) owns or franchises more than 1,900 Applebee’s and nearly 1,800 International House of Pancakes (IHOP) restaurants throughout the country. The market usually does not like surprise dividend cuts, and Macquarie Infrastructure Corp’s (NYSE:MIC) decision to reduce its payout by 31% in February 2018 was no exception.

Source: Income Investors

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