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Delaware Enhanced Global Dividend and Income Fund Announces Dividends

Today, Delaware Enhanced Global Dividend and Income Fund (the “Fund”), a New York Stock Exchange-listed closed-end fund trading under the symbol “DEX,” declares a monthly dividend of $0.1025 per share. The dividend is payable December 30, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 16, 2011. The ex-dividend date will be December 14, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): DEX

Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc. Reports Dividend Distribution

The Board of Directors for Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc. (the “Fund”) (NYSE: FDI) today declared a quarterly dividend from current net investment income and undistributed retained earnings from net investment income of $0.19 per share, and distributions from short-term capital gains of $0.338 per share and long-term capital gains of $0.378 per share, payable on December 30, 2011 to shareholders of record as of December 12, 2011. The ex-dividend date is December 8, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): FDI

Delaware Investments® Municipal Income Funds Announce Dividends

Today, the following three Delaware Investments municipal income funds, all closed-end management investment companies, re-declare their monthly income dividends: Delaware Investments Colorado Municipal Income Fund, Inc., Delaware Investments National Municipal Income Fund, and Delaware Investments Minnesota Municipal Income Fund II, Inc. (together, the “Funds”). The investment objective of Delaware Investments Colorado Municipal Income Fund, Inc. and Delaware Investments Minnesota Municipal Income Fund II, Inc. is to provide current income exempt from federal income tax and from the personal income tax of its state, if any, consistent with the preservation of capital. The investment objective of Delaware Investments National Municipal Income Fund is to provide ... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): VCF

S&P 500 High-Yielders

The Fed's zero interest rate policy has savers really struggling to find yield these days. It's impossible to get any kind of income out of savings or money market accounts as well as CDs. The quest for yield has many investors flocking to high-dividend-paying stocks. For those interested, below is a list of the 39 S&P 500 stocks that currently yield more than 4% and are also down less than 10% year to date. (This helps eliminate the names that are high yielders simply because they're stock prices are tanking.) As shown, AT&T (T) has the highest dividend yield on the list at 5.95%, followed by Altria Group (MO), HCN, Cincinnati Financial (CINF), Pepco Holdings (POM) and Reynolds American (RAI).... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CINF,MO,POM,RAI,T

Hey, Dividend Lovers: This Merger Is Final

CEO Jeffery Gardner did say during the company's second-quarter conference call in August that, "We remain incredibly focused on the dividend at Windstream and understand how important this is to our shareholders." Gardner's feelings about dividends were echoed by CFO Anthony Thomas, who said in the third-quarter conference call last month that "the steps we are taking ... [will] provide security toward the most attractive dividend yields in the S&P 500."... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): WIN,FTR,LEAP,PCS,USM

Beyond Dividends: 10 Stocks for a Deleveraging, Downshifting Economy

And if you think that investing heavily in dividend-paying companies is a good idea in uncertain times, you're right. But, that's not what this article is about. Instead, I'm taking a more fundamental view: looking for four key characteristics a company would need to have in an economy where citizens are simultaneously deleveraging and downshifting.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AAPL,COH,COST,DDD,SSYS,WFM

Examining Growth Yield: McDonald's, Ross Stores And Scana Corp.

I received a comment/question from Jeff Paul, a fellow author and contributor to Seeking Alpha on my recent article “Yield On Cost Is A Valuable Investing Tool: McDonald’s Vs. Procter & Gamble.” Jeff's question provided me the opportunity to expand more on the important concept of yield on cost, which I prefer to call “growth yield.” Here is Jeff’s question, as follows: Nice article, Chuck. Lots to think about. There is one statement that I would like you to clarify. "A rapidly expanding yield on cost definitely contributed to McDonald’s (MCD) strong performance…" Seems like that is putting the cart before the horse. I would argue that McDonald's strong performance (i.e. earnings growth), coupled with its decision to increase the... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MCD,ROST,SCG

When The Relief Rally Fades, Buy These Low-Beta Dividend Stocks On The Dip

The U.S. economy continues to have significant headwinds (e.g., high unemployment, European credit contagion, weak housing market, high debt levels, etc.) and this "relief rally" is likely to be short-lived. The global economy is being weighed down by a debt problem that took over two decades to create. Given the significant build-up in peace time debt, we believe that the debt problem will take years to sort out, providing significant uncertainty and market volatility. The leverage that has been built up in the system will not unwind for years to come. Click to enlarge As central banks drive down short-term rates to deal with high debt levels and low growth rates, investors have been flocking to dividend stocks in search of yield. That said, any pullback in the market should be an... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ED,LLY,MO,NLY,RAI,SO,T,VZ

Aetna Board of Directors Increases Shareholder Cash Dividend

Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) today announced that its Board of Directors increased the company’s quarterly cash dividend to $0.175 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on January 27, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 13, 2012.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): AET

Best ETF for 2012: Vanguard Dividend Appreciation

Charles Dickens opened his classic book A Tale of Two Cities with this quote: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way..." Does that sound a lot like today's economy to anyone else? Wall Street has recovered nicely since the financial collapse of 2008. Main Street? Not so much. And frankly, I'm perplexed why Wednesday's European bailout notice would lead to such a gigantic surge. After all, doesn't the admission that such a bailout even looked necessary indicate that the real global economy still stinks?... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CAT,CVX,IBM,MDT,MMM,WMT