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Escape from the Endangered Dividend List

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 2, 2014

Half a dozen European utilities and telecoms cut dividends in March. The happy count from April: Zero. Several companies this month even graduated from the Endangered Dividends List.

Low Expectations = Lofty 2014 Returns

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2014

We run through the first quarter’s biggest winners and biggest losers, while revisiting the investment themes that should outperform in 2014.

European Spring Brings Dividend Woes

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2014

Soft economic growth and dysfunctional regulation have brought payout cuts for five European power, telecom and water providers. And all but one signal further reductions in the next 12 to 18 months.

Dream Buy Prices and Fund Alternatives

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2014

The Conrad's Utility Investor Portfolios have beaten benchmark interest rates since I launched on July 31, 2013 - a clear sign my recommended dividend-paying stocks follow earnings, not interest rates. And with another round of earnings due later this month, all of our companies are set to prove their worth to investors again.

America-Focused Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2014

America's leading telecom doubles down on its US business with a key acquisition.

WGL Holdings: Beating The Skeptics

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 5, 2014

Utility history is rife with poor diversification, and that appears to be the consensus bet against WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL), the regulated gas distribution company for the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. But an A+ rating on top of an attractive yield could change skeptics' minds.

Focus on Objectives

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2014

Conrad's Utility Investor has three actively managed portfolios--Aggressive Income, Conservative Income and Top 10 Drips--each of which is tailored to a specific investment style and risk tolerance. We review each model portfolio's objective, book a 60 percent gain on one of our winners and shift one of our Conservative Income Portfolio holdings to the Aggressive Income Portfolio.

More Than Meets the Eye

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2014

The newest member of the Conservative Income Portfolio operates regulated and unregulated utility businesses and is poised for impressive distribution growth.

A Turnaround Tale for the Ages

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2014

This Aggressive Portfolio holding remains one of our favorite turnaround stories.

Green Shoots For Some

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2014

TransAlta Corp (TSX: TA, NYSE: TAC) has cut its quarterly dividend by 37.9 percent to 18 cents Canadian, starting with the April 1 payment. The new level is low enough to maintain at least the next couple years. As a result, I’m removing the company from the Endangered Dividends List.



Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b