Massive Dividend Growth and a 4% Yield with These Stocks

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: August 5, 2016

The market is on a tear, making it harder than ever for dividend growth investors to find good buys for their money. While many people expect the market will correct itself, you might be missing out on steady gains if the market continues to “melt up” thanks to low interest rates.

Fortunately, there’s a safe way to secure yield with upside to boot. While the market has bid many well-known dividend payers up to silly prices (and caused yields to crash), there are still a few lesser known names paying 4% yields with plenty of payout and price runway from here.… Read more

4 Big Dividends Slashed: What To Do Next

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: August 3, 2016

Your favorite dividend stock just chopped its payout – should you sell?

It depends. Believe it or not, some dividend cuts are actually wildly bullish signals. They mark the bad news being officially “priced in” as shares soon embark on a furious contrarian rally.

Other payout cuts, however, are red flags begging you to sell before you lose even more money. They are truly a white flag of financial distress that shows the firm failed at its sole responsibility to shareholders – to get the dividend paid.

We’ll discuss post-cut strategies in a moment, including specifics on recent dividend disappointments from the likes of American Capital Agency Corp (AGNC), Potash (POT), Williams Cos (WMB) and the iShares US Preferred Stock ETF (PFF).… Read more

Better Than Cash: 5 Recession-Proof Payouts Up To 10.3%

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

With stocks are at nosebleed levels, how about some high income issues that double as portfolio insurance? Today we’re going to discuss five dividend payers with an average payout north of 5%. All five boast recession-proof businesses.

Of course there are plenty of things to worry about in today’s financial world. Income inequality is high, restaurant sales are plummeting, and few people seem confident in America’s increasingly contentious political quagmire. Then of course there’s the slowdown in China, growing political unrest around the world, exploding student loan debt in America and rising subprime defaults in the auto loan sector. This was all reflected in Friday’s disappointing GDP results for the second quarter.… Read more

These 4 Dividend Darlings Could Drop 20%

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: August 1, 2016

I know I don’t have to tell you it’s a minefield out there for income investors.

Ten-year Treasuries yield a pathetic 1.5%, and dividend-growth stocks have been on a tear. The ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), which holds shares of companies that have hiked their payouts annually for 25 years or more, has soared 12% year-to-date, more than doubling the S&P 500’s gain:


That’s left many Dividend Aristocrats overvalued and ripe for a fall. Worse, it’s driven their dividend yields to historic lows.

Just take a look at food distributor Sysco (SYY), which yields 2.4% today, barely above the S&P 500 average and near lows not seen in nine years:


To get that meager yield, investors are buying a stock with a trailing-twelve-month price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 37, way above its five-year average of 23!… Read more

3 Secure 8% Yields To Buy Now, 3 More To Sell

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

The market is on fire right now, which is great if you’re fully invested. But if you have cash on the sidelines, you might be worried about jumping in. And with good reason–with the S&P 500 reaching nosebleed valuations, “safe” indexing is going to expose you to potential losses.

There’s an alternative, and it’s particularly compelling because it also nets a high income stream while you wait for your holdings to go up in value. I’m talking about yields of 8% with strong upside in the form of capital gains potential to boot.

These big payouts are paid by funds that are undervalued for one simple reason: ignorance.… Read more

7 Monthly Dividend Payers At 10-15% Discounts

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

Dividend stocks are a “no brainer” compared to Treasuries says Bob Doll, the chief equity strategist for Nuveen Asset Management. He told Bloomberg Radio that with dividends outpacing yields on government bonds, it’s an easy decision in favor of equities.

But which high yield stocks should be bought, and which are already overbought?

Anything that pays is hot. Yields on most utility stocks, for example, are at their lowest levels this decade with popular payers such as Southern Company (SO), Duke Energy (DUK) and Dominion Resources (D) dishing investors between 3.4% and 4% – well below their historical payouts.

Utility Yields Driven Down by Dividend-Hungry Investors


With respect to the 10-Year Bill’s sad 1.6% yield, these dividends look great.… Read more

Two 10%+ Yields in Danger, And 3 Safer Income Buys

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

The market keeps reaching record highs and many analysts worry equities are overvalued in a post-Brexit, stagnant global economy. But that isn’t stopping irrational exuberance from causing overvalued stocks to climb ever higher.

We are at risk of rapidly declining stock prices when the market comes to its senses. And in the world of high yield investments, there is an additional risk: dividend cuts would cause those stocks to fall even further. This is especially worrying risk right now, as many high yield stocks have been pushed higher even though their metrics indicate a dividend cut could come soon.

The stocks facing this risk the most are some business development corporations (BDCs), which are legally required to pay out 90% of their income or more.… Read more

Buy These 4 Stocks Before Their Dividends Double (Again)

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 25, 2016

Today I’ve got good news and bad news for you—and four stocks with dividends destined to double soon.

First, the good news: S&P 500 companies are sending out more dividend cash than ever before. According to FactSet, dividends per share (DPS) are at an all-time high, hitting $43.90 in the 12 months ending in April, up 7.5% from the previous 12-month period.

The bad news? The party’s ending … or at least winding down. That’s because stalling earnings growth is forcing companies to dig deeper into their profits to keep the dividend parade rolling.

Dividends and Earnings: On a Collision Course


Right now, a record 44 S&P 500 companies have payout ratios above 100%—so they’re paying out more in dividends than they earn, something they clearly can’t keep up indefinitely.… Read more

A Three-Fund Portfolio For 8% Dividends

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 21, 2016

Want a diversified portfolio of uncorrelated assets with a big 8% yield? It’s possible, even in today’s overpriced market.

We can easily use just three funds to get a combined yield of 8%. That’s right—just three funds and we can turn $100,000 into a durable portfolio yielding over $660 in monthly income. These funds are in vastly different asset classes, and the dividends from one of them are even tax-free.

So what’s in this big income portfolio? First, we have the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP), which is still down from a year ago but has capital gains upside potential thanks to changes in how the market understands weak oil prices (more on this in a bit).… Read more

Your Playbook For The New “Dividend Bubble”

Brett Owens, Chief Investment Strategist
Updated: July 20, 2016

There’s an alleged bubble in “low vol” stocks that is quickly extending to dividend-payers. Here’s how to play it.

Since the start of the year, the iShares Edge MSCI Minimum Volatility USA ETF (USMV) has taken in more than $5 billion, placing it first among inflows for stock-focused ETFs. The fund holds stocks that don’t move much, such as General Mills (GIS), AT&T (T) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).

Low vol was the rage for the first-half of 2016. Investors, wary of a stock market crash, sought refuge in these staples. USMV pays a modest 2.2%, but until last month there was hope that rising rates would breathe life into fixed income for those who needed actual yield.… Read more