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Dividend Diligence: The Quant Model Speaks

Published Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:06:16 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

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Traders may love volatility, but investor prayers for an end to the constant drama were seemingly answered late last week when the President announced a series of high-level phone calls with the Chinese leadership helped spark a low-volume rally to keep the S&P 500 from a monthly return comparable with the brutal August's of 2013 and 2015. That desire for a return to normalcy, along with the fact we now know the President "misrepresented" the nature and importance of phone calls, might explain why our inboxes are blowing up with emails about how to find great dividend paying ideas. After all, if you can't trust the man at the top to not engage in a little market manipulation, you can at least rely on stable and steady dividends to help you through some possibly lean years ahead.
Buying dividend payers for security is such a universally known strategy that it's earned a spot in the MSCI Factor box, but the problem with that "bird in hand" approach to investing is that it ignores the distinct possibility that:
We could soon be in a recession that would see inevitable cuts in dividend payouts That recession would cause even dividend paying stocks to see serious declines in their share prices Fortunately, for investors, they have a wide variety ETP options to consider in their quest for dividends with over 75 "high dividend yield" in our database, and we have plenty of insights to share as we enter what's traditionally the weakest month in the market... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
AT&T 38.38   16.1 2.38 2.04 5.43
ISHARES DOW JONES SELECT DIVIDEND INDEX FUND 103.22   0.0 0.00 3.37 3.31
VANGUARD DIVIDEND APPRECIATION ETF 120.84   0.0 0.00 0.00 1.58

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