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Ex-Dividend Wars (Revisited): Home Loan Servicing vs. Hickory Tech

Almost a year ago to the day, we pitted two high-yielders – Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS) and Hickory Tech Corp. (HTCO) – against one another in a good old-fashioned stock war. What’s that, you say? It’s when we pick two companies that share a common fundamental – in this case, an attractive yield. Then,...

An Income-Maximizing Strategy So Easy, Even a Caveman Could Use It

An Income-Maximizing Strategy So Easy, Even a Caveman Could Use It

If I could hardwire one thing into every dividend investor’s brain, it would be this: Chase dividend growth, not yield. Why? Because high-yield stocks often cut their dividends at a much higher frequency. They also tend to underperform. In comparison, high-dividend growth stocks deliver on both fronts – providing more capital appreciation and income over...

Four Overdue Dividend Hike Announcements

Move over death and taxes. When it comes to the list of things that are guaranteed in life, it’s time to add dividend increases from the Dividend Aristocrats. These are companies in the S&P 500 Index that have both paid and increased their annual dividends for at least 25 years in a row. Entering 2013,...

Three Reasons to Keep Banking on Dividends

Three Reasons to Keep Banking on Dividends

Leave it to the politicians to try to spoil our fun. Thanks to the ongoing government shutdown, investor interest in dividend stocks is rising. This is a natural and totally predictable reaction. Kind of like when lousy techno music starts playing and all the kids from the Jersey Shore instantly break out the fist pumps....

Dividend Stock Grab Bag: Ericsson and Carnival Cruise Lines

Dividend Stock Grab Bag: Ericsson and Carnival Cruise Lines

For those of us old enough to remember, there was a time when Ericsson (ERIC) was a leader in the cellphone business… My first cellphone was a Motorola StarTAC – one of the old-style flip phones, back when the only thing you could do with a cellphone was (the horror!) make phone calls. And Ericsson...

How to Grow Your Wealth… Even When Markets Sink

How to Grow Your Wealth… Even When Markets Sink

All it takes is a few days of falling stock prices – and a government shutdown – for investors to hit the panic button. I can’t tell you how many emails we’ve received from concerned investors, asking where to invest to protect and grow their wealth amid such uncertainty. The answer is simple: The very...

KKR: Greed May Be Good – But Too Much Risk? Never

Whenever I think of the movie Wall Street, I’m transported back to the 1980s era of financial excess… The movie came out in 1987 and, like many others, I became a stockbroker partially inspired by the exciting (if morally questionable) business portrayed in the film. Reportedly, various figures went into making the character of Gordon...

November’s Ex-Dividend Roundup: Kroger and Target

Every month, I dig through D&I Daily’s dividends calendar in search of stocks that are about to go ex-dividend. That is, pay out cash on a specified date. I’ll point out both the good and the bad, because protecting your hard-earned money from shaky investments is just as important as making gains. Remember, to be eligible to receive...

Raises All Around: Dividend Increases for the Month of September (Part 2)

Every month, I do my damnedest to impress upon D&I readers the unbeatable importance of dividend increases. After all, it’s consistent, aggressive growth – not fat, initial yields – that will grant you long-term security and wealth. Accordingly, last week I started rounding up notable companies increasing dividends in September. Like I said then, it’s...

Is Pitney Bowes Still the Most Dangerous S&P 500 Stock?

In April, Louis Basenese pegged Pitney Bowes (PBI) as the most dangerous dividend stock on the S&P 500. A cut is imminent, he warned. Indeed, Pitney Bowes did the expected and cut its dividend by 50%. (Ouch.) In the immediate aftermath, the stock price dipped. And continued dipping. Until the next quarterly release, that is....