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Investing Topics: Income Investing

Seeking Dividend Champions: Don’t Settle for Less

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 21, 2018
This week, Barron’s “5 Dividend Standouts,” asserted that “finding stocks with both attractive yields and strong dividend growth isn’t easy.” But I take issue with the article’s implication that individual investors can’t find stocks with generous and growing dividends on their own when there are 8 rock-solid, buy-rated essential services stocks in our Conservative Income Portfolio right now, yielding an average of 6 percent.

What to Expect When Companies Declare Q3 Dividends

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 23, 2018
The hype and volatility of corporate earnings reporting season will soon be upon us. Before that happens, however, many companies will announce something considerably more near and dear to the hearts of income investors: Calendar third quarter dividends.

A Rare 9 Percent Yield With Safety Credentials

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018
For the first year since 2005, propane distributor Amerigas Partners (NYSE: APU) didn’t raise its quarterly distribution. Rather than a sign of weakness, however, management’s decision secures the already generous 9 percent plus yield and may have set the stage for shares to break out of an 8-years plus trading range.

Canada’s Communications Champion Going Cheap

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018
BCE Inc (TSX: BCE, NYSE: BCE) shares have touched a new 52-week low this month. Fortunately, the weakness is due to interest rate worries and a slide in the Canadian dollar as the core business remains strong. And the result is a buying opportunity for this Conservative Holding.

Telecom Values and Value Traps

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 6, 2018

Strong business fundamentals, low measures of standard valuation and a generally weak technical picture: Those are the basic traits of a “value” stock, known in some circles as a contrarian bet.

First Reporters of Q1

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 20, 2018
The first six companies in our coverage universe reported calendar Q1 results this week. Readers can find updated comments, ratings, payout ratios and Quality Grades for these companies in the Utility Report Card.

Keeping Our Bearings with Quality Grades

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
What’s the best way to stay on top of a volatile stock market, where a new threat seems to come out of left field every day? Make sure you own shares of high-quality companies that pay dividends.

Dominant Down Under and Cheap Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
This Australian energy giant has reaped the rewards of climbing natural-gas prices while continuing to invest in the future.

Our Buying Opportunity Finally Comes

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 13, 2018
This telecom titan finally trades below our value-based buy target.

Don’t Fret the Fed, There’s More to Worry About

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 23, 2018
This week, the US Federal Reserve raised the Fed Funds rate to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent. Does this mean it’s time for income investors to head for the hills? Hardly.

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