You and I both know that dividends just don’t get much respect from most folks.
But most folks have it all wrong. I’ll show you why in a moment (I’ll also reveal 2 “accelerating” dividends to put on your buy list now).
First, it’s easy to see why dividends are (way too often) an afterthought: it’s tough to get excited about them when the typical S&P 500 name dribbles out the measly 1.9% yield it does today.
It gets worse when you look at the US inflation rate: 2.1% as of March.
So at best, you can hope your dividends offset inflation, while you hope the underlying stock price soars. The problem with “buy-and-hope” is that every so often you get a period like this:
“Buy and Hope” Flunks the Test
But don’t worry, there’s a safer way to grab rising income and gains in stocks. And it all comes back to the unloved dividend.
The Key to Lasting Wealth
Here’s what most folks overlook: dividends are, in fact, the key to getting rich in the stock market.
But it’s not the current dividend yield we need to look at; it’s dividend growth. Because here’s something that may surprise you: a rising dividend is the No. 1 driver of share prices.
3M’s 100%-Predictable Dividend Afterburner
If you don’t believe me, consider 3M (MMM), a “stodgy” company with a ho-hum 2.5% yield. So once inflation bites, you’re left with a pathetic 0.4% in income!
But don’t forget that 3M is a charter member of the Dividend Aristocrats, having hiked its payout for 60 straight years. The connection between its rising dividend and its rising share price is unmistakable.
Check out how the payout drives up the share price at almost exactly the same rate over just about any time period you can imagine, starting with 3 years:
Dividend Up 33%, Shares Up 36%
And then 5 years:
Dividend Up 114%, Shares Up 109%
Dividend Up 172%, Shares Up 173%
And finally, the longest timeline we can get:
Dividend Up 1,110%, Shares Up 1,960%
There’s simply no arguing with that pattern! And I can point you to dozens of stocks whose surging payouts are driving their share prices higher in the same way (including the two I’ll reveal in a second).
Now you could simply jump on 3M’s dividend train today, and you’ll likely see similar results over the long haul—but there is just one little thing that gives me pause about the stock: the payout ratio.
3M pays out 58% of its last 12 months of free cash flow (FCF) as dividends, and while that’s reasonably safe (just over the 50% I demand in stocks I recommend in my Hidden Yields service), it’s near historic highs—and trending higher.
That could crimp the payout’s growth, and its ability to pry the stock higher, if sales skid:
A Tightening Noose?
So what’s our strategy here? Simple. We’ll go on the hunt for stocks with share prices that have fallen behind their dividend growth, plus boast a safe payout ratio that can keep fueling that dividend higher.
That way we can buy as the stock price races to catch up! Which brings me around to the 2 names I want to show you today.
Buy Wyndham as Its Dividend “Splits”
Wyndham Worldwide (WYN): You can see that the hotel operator’s share price was keeping pace with the dividend until early 2016:
“Dividend Gap” Opens
But as you can also see, it’s not because Wyndham’s share price fell off (the stock has actually soared since it broke pace with the dividend in late 2015)—it’s that management pumped up the dividend even faster!
This is an unusual situation that can’t last, for two reasons.
First, Airbnb or no, travelers are booking Wyndham’s hotels, resorts and timeshares at a rapid clip: in the fourth quarter, revenue per available room—a vital hotel metric—jumped 4.5%; overall revenue rose 4.4%; and adjusted earnings per share (EPS) surged 10%.
And the dividend is safe, eating up a minuscule 29% of FCF—and falling.
Second, Wyndham is getting to set to spin off its hotel business into a new publicly traded company, while hanging on to its timeshare and vacation-rental operations.
As I wrote in January, buying a spinoff stock that’s cranking up its dividend—and making your move either just before or just after a split—is a strategy I’ve seen deliver market-beating gains time and time again.
Plus you could end up with two income streams instead of one!
The kicker? Wyndham is cheap, at just 15.5 times forward earnings, which throws a floor under the share price while amplifying our upside.
Amex: Overdue for a Payout-Powered Surge
American Express (AXP): You may think you missed out on this one after it surged last week on strong earnings. But Amex’s comeback is still young.
The stock is all but locked in for one more lurch later this summer, when I expect it to unveil its next big dividend hike. Let’s unpack why, starting with this:
The Dividend Star Wall Street Missed
That’s right: even though Amex is clearly turning the corner after losing its exclusive deal with Costco back in 2016, the market remains in deep denial. And consider this: Even with this latest bump, AXP still trades at just 14.1 times forward earnings.
That’s ridiculous for a company whose Q1 EPS soared 38%, crushing the Street’s forecast. Revenue surged 12%. The main reason? Cardholder spending spiked 12%, and Amex added 3.5 million new members.
Add in the fact that Amex’s clients are mainly wealthy folks—a group that’s growing—and a paltry 10% of FCF heads out the door as dividends, and you get a recipe for a big payout hike and upside as the stock races to catch up!
7 More Buys to Double Your Money Fast!
Amex and Wyndham are just the start—I’ve uncovered 7 other dividend growers poised to double your money every 6 years (or less) while tripling your income.
Here’s a glance at just 3 of the 7 dividend-growth plays I’ll reveal when you click here:
- The “boring” company that’s cashing in on Chinese water demand. This company makes the humble water heater, an appliance you only notice when it breaks down. But its dividend hikes are anything but subtle: the payout has soared 167% in just 4 years! And there are far bigger hikes ahead!
- The 800% Dividend Grower. This unsung company has boosted its dividend eightfold since a new management team took over 4 years ago! This stock is a complete no-brainer for anyone looking to get bigger and bigger dividend checks from here out.
- A “double threat” income-and-growth stock that rose more than 252% the last time it was anywhere near as cheap as it is now!
- PLUS 4 more off-the-radar dividend growers that are flashing “buy” now!
All you have to do is CLICK right here and I’ll give you all the research I have (in plain, easy-to-follow English) on these 7 bargain “dividend accelerators,” including their names, ticker symbols, buy-under prices and more.