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These Dividends Are Done


It's been a scary crisis for dividend investors. Even after the subsequent rally, a lot of dividend yields are sky-high. According to Capital IQ, there are 806 stocks on our major exchanges with yields of 5% or more.But many of these are dividend traps, enticing us with the promise of fat quarterly payouts, only to cut them down the road.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): HOG,LO,NOK,PBI,PNC,RDS-B,VZ

5 Keys to Successful Dividend Investing

In 2008 and 2009, the dividend landscape was turned upside-down. During the fourth quarter of 2008 alone, 288 companies cut payouts. Not to be outdone, in 2009, according to Standard & Poor's, another 804 dividend payments were cut by public companies -- costing investors another $58 billion. Nevertheless, amid all the dividend cuts and suspensions of the past two years, we were reminded of five key lessons that we can use to our advantage going forward.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CVX,PFE,SPG,T,WMT,YUM

The 25 Highest-Yielding Stocks

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel's studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. The highest dividend yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn't lose value, you'll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Since dividend yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business and driven down its stock price.However, certain types of companies such as REITs have to pay out most of their income as dividends, so their yields will be higher than "normal." Dividends are not guaranteed;... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): IVR,NLY,PDLI,AGNC,CIM,CYS,PSEC,PVX,NAT,NMM,GOGL,WWE,SLRC,...

The Washington Post Co.'s Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you're a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we're avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don't pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you'd be crazy... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): DMGT,GCI,MHP,WPO

The Income Treasure Hunt: Dividend ETFs

When I was younger, I remember watching a show called The New Treasure Hunt. A contestant would pick from a group of 30 large prize boxes, and the host would clown around with gags the box had in it before revealing the prize. It might have been a donkey. It might have been ..."$25,000"! Bond yields stink right now, and some think a bond bubble is on the horizon. Smart investors may want to go on their own treasure hunt, rebalancing their diversified portfolios by shifting capital from bonds into other income-producing securities, where they can reinvest the income for compounded growth.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): DHS,DVY,IDV,JXI,SDY,TTH

Eastman Chemical's Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you're a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we're avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don't pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you'd be crazy... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): EMN,MWV,APD,DOW

Federal Realty (FRT) Declares $0.67 Quarterly Dividend; 3.2% Yield

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced Wednesday that its Board of Trustees declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.67 per share, $2.68 per share annualized. The dividend will be payable in cash on January 18, 2011 to common shareholders of record on January 3, 2011. The ex-dividend date is December 31, 2010. The yield is 3.2%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): FRT

Assured Guaranty (AGO) Declares $0.045 Quarterly Dividend; 0.9% Yield

Assured Guaranty Ltd. (NYSE: AGO) today declared a quarterly dividend of U.S. $0.045 per common share, $0.18 annualized. The dividend is payable on December 2, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 18, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 16, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 0.9%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): AGO

Validus Holdings (VR) Declares $0.22 Quarterly Dividend; 3% Yield

Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VR) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.22 per common share, $0.88 annualized. The dividend is payable on December 31, 2010 to shareholders and warrant holders of record on December 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 13, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): VR

Robert Half (RHI) Announces 10M Common Buyback; Declares $0.13 Quarterly Dividend; 1.9% Yield

Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI) announces that their Board has authorized a 10 million common stock buyback. The company also announced that its board of directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share, $0.52 annualized. The cash dividend will be paid on December 15, 2010, to all shareholders of record as of November 25, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 23, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.9%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RHI