Today it's a government shutdown, tomorrow it could be the threat of a U.S. default on its debt or another crisis in the Middle East. For whatever reason, lately we seem to be plagued by market-rocking events. But there is one type of stock that offers ideal protection against these events, and we've found more than two dozen that just got several notches better...
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Turmoil in the markets makes investors nervous, and unfortunately it looks like we're going to be getting more of it in the months ahead. The best investments for times like these are the ones that can weather the bad times and deliver profits regardless. These tech dividend stocks happen to fit the bill perfectly..
The strong stock market this year has made many popular dividend-paying stocks expensive - but that such stocks are vital to your portfolio hasn't changed. The key now is to find those that also give you capital appreciation -- and we have five right here...
When you think of growth profit plays you do not ordinarily think they could also make for solid dividend-paying stocks as well.
Growth stocks are high-flying market darlings with some exciting new product or service that is driving spectacular earnings growth.
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There's a unique class of dividend paying companies that kick off big dividends but aren't going to sell their investors down the river.
And Wall Street doesn't talk about them because they're a bit more complicated than your average income stock because their dividend yields fluctuate. And in some cases, you can get a very good deal in spite of the complexities involved.
An insatiable hunt for yield amid five-plus years of near-zero interest rates has sent scores of investors to dividend stocks.
The shift has led many companies to place a greater importance on dividends. Dividends are now a larger portion of companies' total payouts, ahead of share buybacks, than in past market rallies.
In fact, if you had invested $10,000 in Microsoft in 1986 and the same amount in Cisco in 1990, you could have turned your $20,000 into about $8 million today.
More and more S&P 500 companies are turning into dividend stocks, as yield-producing investments are becoming the hottest attraction in 2013.
Collective dividends per share for Standard & Poor's 500 companies increased roughly 16% year-over-year in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of companies paying a dividend over that period reached a new 13-year high of 405, or roughly 81% of the S&P 500, data from Factset shows.
Endless stimulus is ultimately self-defeating. But growth, especially when driven by trillions of dollars in economic need, is not. And this growth will not stop.
That's why it makes sense to keep your money in motion - albeit very deliberately and very cautiously - with choices that offer cold, hard cash as compensation for the risk you take in owning them.
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It's only April, but it appears dividend payouts this year will soar past 2012's tally - meaning all investors need to know how to find the best dividend stocks or risk missing out on record-high yield.
Barron's reports that in Q1, 944 of approximately 10,000 U.S. companies boosted payouts, either by increases, extras or resumption. That was up a hefty 39.4% from 677 companies a year ago.
Investors are in love with dividend stocks this year - and there are even more juicy yields to choose from than before.
But one thing you need to be careful to avoid is a dividend stock that boasts a huge yield, but can't sustain it.
For example, look at CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL). CTL has been a favorite dividend stock for years, but slashed its dividend by 26% in February. The move caught investors off guard. Shares plunged 23% in one day - the biggest one-day decline since at least 1980 - wiping out about $6 billion in market value.
The stock still yields nearly 6%, but confidence in the company to maintain its payout has been damaged.
Positive dividend actions have far outweighed negative announcements over the past few years. In 2013's first quarter, 732 companies boosted their payouts compared with 552 in the year-earlier period.
But in March, 73 U.S. companies pruned their payouts - not far off the record of 93 in December 2012.
Usually companies frame dividend cuts as necessary evils - necessary as in the cut was needed to conserve cash. Read those tea leaves and it's easy to realize that if a company needs to cut its dividend to conserve capital, it probably is not worth investing in in the first place.
The good news is investors can skirt stocks that are vulnerable to dividend reductions. We rounded up a few names that deliver tempting yields, but look like they could be on the way to cutting their payouts.