Companies with variable/floating-rate debt are more immediately impacted (negatively) by a rate hike than companies with fixed rate debt. [more]
It seems hard to imagine that investors would get excited about very much at all when the market has slid this far south of late. Still, many investors are treating this as a pullback, because the trend for four years now is to buy every market sell-off. [more]
The current market environment is presenting many challenges to the conservative retired investor in need of current income. Interest rates are near all-time lows and the valuations of many blue-chip dividend growth stocks have become extended. [more]
Many investors are familiar with the Dividend Aristocrats Index that consists of companies in the S&P 500 Index that have increased their dividend payouts to shareholders every year for the last 25 years.
A smaller elite group of these companies have come to be known as “Dividend Kings”, generally used to describe stocks that have had 50 years of consecutive dividend increases.
A business that can not only adapt to ever-changing business and economic conditions, but also manage to continue to grow its dividend payment for 50 consecutive years may imply a durable competitive advantage and management that is committed to returning capital to shareholders. Today, there are just 16 Dividend Kings. Attached is a nice list of them, check it out.
There are a fair number of studies showing that Dividend Kings have historically held up better during market downturns, riding out bear markets better than other stocks and also have recovered faster. It's important to care for you adequate share of Dividend Kings in your portfolio, especially in volatile times.
My favorite picks are Procter, Genuine Parts, 3M, Dover, Nordson and Lowe's. Those stocks should grow earnings while the forward P/E is not too far away from normal. Do you agree with me? - Check the Dividend Kings here: 17 Dividend Kings And Which To Own Now... [more]
As dividend growth investor, you have a large field to decide where to put your money.
Recently, I’ve introduced a few dividend growth picks from the consumer goods sector with the highest dividend yields.
Today I would like to continue with stocks from the technology sector.
The tech sector was no good field in the past to search for long-term dividend growers. Only old techs like IBM, Oracle, or Microsoft have paid dividends for a decade and grown them over the same period.
The reason was also simple. Technology offers the opportunity to benefit from game changers, companies that develop a new system that became a new standard.
However, today, there are 17 higher capitalized stocks with a consecutive dividend growth history of more than 10 years. Attached, you can find a full list of the results.
These are the top picks in detail...
AT&T -- Yield: 5.67% [more]