4 High Yield REITs Paying Up To 11%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 11, 2016

The S&P 500 may yield just 2.2% today – but if you smartly invest in stocks that specialize in profitable niches, you can collect 6-11% yields right now. With double-digit price upside to boot!

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are some of my favorite vehicles for specialization and yield. REITs must have 75% of their assets in actual real estate and earn 75% of their income from those assets. These dividend machines are legally required to pass along at least 90% of their earnings to shareholders.

This is actually the best time to buy REITs this decade. The Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ) pays 3.9% today – just about its highest since 2009.… Read more

3 Healthcare Dividends With 200% Upside

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 24, 2016

Worried about President Trump? The Fed? China’s economy?

All of the above?

If so, here’s some simple advice – ignore it all, and invest only in “sure things.” You see, no matter what American voters, Janet Yellen, or Xi Jinping decide to do later this year, there’s one sure economic bet in the U.S…

The country will be a lot older in the future than it is right now – thanks to 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day. Remember how this generation drove the U.S. economy since their infancy in the 1950s?

  • Post-WWII makers of baby products recorded record profits thanks to their wares flying off the shelves.
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These 2 Stocks Could Boost Their Dividends Twice In 2016

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 7, 2016

Looking for an easy way to boost your portfolio’s yield by 30% and watch your dividends rise more than once a year? I’ve got one for you. And it’ll help you pick up some valuable international exposure, to boot.

All you have to do is look north, to Canada, where there are plenty of top-flight dividend stocks on sale now, like the two I’ll name a little further on.

I know that when most US investors think of Canada, they think of oil and gas—not exactly the best place to be right now. (And these days, some of us may be looking to our northern neighbor as a refuge if Donald Trump wins the presidency.)… Read more

5 Overlooked REITs with Growing Dividends

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 4, 2016

Income investors, specifically those invested in stable Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), have been able to ignore most of the recent market mayhem. These issues have little exposure to energy prices, and China. Typically, they’re a pure U.S. economic play with stable income streams.

Plus, they’re pretty cheap right now. The Vanguard REIT Index Fund (VNQ) is paying its highest yield this decade (4.1%).

I’ve been a strong advocate of REITs since they became “too cheap” in mid-2015. After all, they’re legally required to pass along at least 90% of their earnings to shareholders. It’s a solid formula for market-beating dividend yields.… Read more

4 Dividend Stocks Superstar Investors Love – and You Should Too

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: August 4, 2016

One of my favorite ways to find new investment ideas is by keeping an eye on what the smartest players in the game are up to. That’s hardly a novel concept. After all, it’s always wise to study the greats – in investing or anything else.

But investors can do more than just watch the smart money; we can see every stock in their portfolios – and we can do it for free.

How? Through Form 13F, which every institutional investor in the U.S. with more than $100 million of assets must file with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 45 days of the end of every quarter.… Read more

11 More Dividends in Serious Danger

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: March 2, 2016

First, it was Kinder Morgan (KMI). Then, ConocoPhillips (COP). Which sacred dividend is going to get cut next?

Regular readers know that I believe big oil is a big avoid for now. But if you insist on speculating in the goo patch, stick with Exxon (XOM).

There are payout problems outside of energy, too. A quick look at Reality Shares’ DIVCON screen reveals seven 4% payers in “DIVCON 1” territory. This means they’re more likely to cut their dividend than raise it. Let’s discuss these, and a few more high yielding problem children.

1 Shaky Telecom

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2 Drug Stocks To Buy For Safe Dividends And 20% Gains

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: February 29, 2016

With all the bloviating on the campaign trail about reeling in drug costs these days, it’s safe to say the pharmaceutical industry is under siege.

But it’s not all the politicians’ fault; many of the sector’s injuries are self-inflicted. Case in point: Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), whose stock has plunged 62% amid ongoing accounting concerns.

Investors, predictably, have voted with their feet: since the start of the year, the iShares US Pharmaceuticals ETF (IHE) has plunged almost 14%, nearly tripling the S&P 500’s decline.

But as with any selloff, it’s not just sickly stocks that are being punished. It’s the healthy ones, too.… Read more

3 Dividends You Need To Buy And 3 To Dump Immediately

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: February 28, 2016

Stocks that raise their dividend meaningfully every year will make you a lot of money over the long haul… provided they continue to boost their payouts, of course.

Studies by two global investment heavyweights, BlackRock and GMO, have shown that 90% of U.S. equity returns over the past 100 years have been thanks to dividends and dividend growth.

Ned Davis Research also conducted its own 43-year study on stock returns (from January 1972 through December 2014). The conclusion? Dividend payers are good… but dividend growers are great. Stocks that paid a growing dividend delivered double-digit returns and outpaced steady dividend payers by nearly one-third:

Annual Rate of Return (Ned Davis Research)


Over time, this compounding really adds up as these stocks pull away from stagnant payers and the market at-large:


Dividend Growers Pull Away Over Time

Worried about the Fed’s rate cycle?… Read more

5 High Yield REITs Benefiting From Low Oil

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: February 26, 2016

Crude oil’s crash may have roiled stocks to start 2016, but cheap fuel is actually a great thing for the average American. Consumer confidence is heading higher, thanks to low gas prices and a continually improving job market. More disposable income means more fun for most Americans…


The recent Mintel American Lifestyles 2015 report shows that Americans are planning on increasing vacation travel by 27 percent. It’s a good time to buy stocks that are directly benefiting from this trend.

One of the largest online travel companies, Tripadvisor Inc (TRIP), just reported a solid quarter with increased consumer activity. And TRIP also detailed how their average monthly hotel shoppers grew by 10% year-over-year (to 113 million) in the last quarter of 2015.… Read more

2 Top Dividend Aristocrats for Your Retirement Portfolio

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: February 24, 2016

If you’re a retiree, or a near-retiree, you’ve probably been told you should dump—or at least reduce—your stock holdings and focus on fixed-income investments.

It sounds like a smart move, right? After all, CDs, Treasuries and the like protect your principal, while one big downturn can wipe out your stock-market gains.

But going lean on stocks leaves you open to two big risks: that you’ll outlive your savings and miss out on the long-term gains only the stock market can offer.

Consider these numbers from the Society of Actuaries: if you’re a 65-year-old man, you have a 41% chance of living to 85 and 20% odds of hitting 90.… Read more