DI Old-Article

Up in Smoke

So called “vice stocks” are companies that feed our personal vices – cigarettes, booze, gambling… You get the idea. They’re popular with many investors for two reasons. First, because they’re highly recession proof, holding their own even during the worst economic downturns. For instance, in the 2000-2001 market decline, Anheuser-Busch (BUD) shares outperformed the Dow...

Will This Regional Bank Drop the Dividend Ball?

Tell me you don’t love dividend increases – I dare you. We all love them. Who doesn’t want their passive income to go up? Of course, our search for dividend growth should be tempered by a healthy respect for reality. Because the fact is, there are times when a dividend increase may not be sustainable....

Warren Buffett Loves These High-Yielders – Should You?

Warren Buffett loves dividends. Just take a look at Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A, BRK.B) major holdings for proof. Out of the firm’s top 10 holdings, eight pay dividends. But what Buffett doesn’t seem to love is high yield. Case in point: Of those eight holdings, the highest yielder is Procter and Gamble (PG), with a barely...

Dividend Growth From the Garden State

Forget everything you’ve heard about New Jersey…well, not everything – just the bad stuff. For example, there’s a stupid TV show about a bunch of meatheads living in the New Jersey coastal area that has denigrated the (otherwise good) reputation of the Garden State. I live there, so I can tell you firsthand that New...

Ford Doubles Down on its Dividend – But is it a Smart Buy?

Recently, my colleague Louis Basenese looked at Ford Motor Company (F) in his “Manly Stock Wars” series. Now, with Ford doubling its dividend – and posting some impressive year-end numbers – I’d like to take another look under the hood of this automotive giant. Though Ford’s dividend of $0.10 a share is payable on March...

The Two Things You Can Predict About the Market With 100% Certainty

Longtime visitors to our website might have noticed a change a few months back… But maybe not. After all, we’ve been quiet about it, keeping it under the radar, tweaking it to the nth degree. In short, our team wanted to get it “just right.” Now, however, it’s ready for some attention. Take a second...

DANGER: Mine Collapse Imminent!

One of the biggest players in the coal industry has announced the payment of its regular quarterly dividend. Walter Energy, Inc. (WLT) is the world’s leading publicly traded “pure play” producer of metallurgical coal, boasting mines in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Recently, its Board of Directors declared a $0.125 per share...

The Dividend House That Glass Built

Corning (GLW), originally the maker of glass needed for Thomas Edison’s light bulbs, has transformed itself over and over again… From the manufacturer of the CorningWare glassware home products coveted by housewives all over America, into the inventor of the first commercially viable fiber optics… And now, more recently, it’s re-positioned itself as one of...