The lowest-risk, most secure way to a great retirement is to invest in dividend-paying blue-chip stocks. That's what I'll attempt to convince you of in the next three minutes, because I think the case is absolutely overwhelming, and it's where I'm putting my family's money. One caveat before we get started: Blue chips are not the way to grab slam-dunk, overnight returns -- you won't be eating caviar and vacationing in Majorca by next week. But because they produce steadily rising payouts and are the most solid companies around, dividend-paying blue chips are the surest way to guarantee that you'll have income when you need it most.... more
Savvy investors know that the stock market's no place to take wild risks. The nearly 40% drop of 2008 has surely taught most investors just how badly the market can punish the reckless and inattentive. Fortunately, we can still make good money in stocks without giving up exciting gains, thanks to healthy dividend payers. They may seem less exciting than the hot stocks of the day, but studies show that it's hard to beat their long-term performance.... more
Southwest Gas Corporation (NYSE: SWX) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per common share, $1.00 annualized. The dividend is payable March 1, 2011, to shareholders of record as of February 15, 2011. The ex-dividend date is February 11, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2.9%.... more
Young Innovations, Inc. (Nasdaq: YDNT) today announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share. The divdiend is payable December 20, 2010 to all shareholders of record on November 29, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 25, 2010. Yield on the special dividend is 3.5%.... more
Hancock Holding Co. (Nasdaq: HBHC) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.24 per common share, $0.96 annualized. The dividend is payable December 15, 2010, to shareholders of record as of December 6, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 2, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.0%.... more
Procter & Gamble (PG) is a leading Dividend Aristocrat. In April, the quarterly dividend was raised 9.5%, the 120th consecutive year that P&G has paid a dividend and the 54th consecutive year that the dividend has been increased at an average annual compound rate of 9.5%. At that rate the dividend will double after 8 yearly increases. P&G has been selling consumer products for 173 years, with ultimate customers using P&G products 4 billion times a day around the world. It has 50 leadership brands, 23 with sales of more than $1 billion each. Brands include: Tide, Charmin, Crest, Iams, Olay, Duracell, Gillette, Pampers, Bounty, Cascade, Oral-B, Pringles, Mr Clean, Nyquil, Head & Shoulders, etc. About 2/3 of sales come from developed countries (largely the US & Europe) and the balance from... more
Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. (MRH) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per common share, $.40 annualized. The dividend is an 11% increase from the current rate of $0.09.
The dividend is payable on January 14, 2011, to all shareholders of record as of December 31, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 29, 2010.
Yield on the dividend is 2.1%.... more
Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. (NYSE: SNI) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.075 per Common share, $0.30 annualized. The dividend is payable on December 10, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 26, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 0.6%.... more
FedFirst Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: FFCO) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03 per common share, $0.12 annualized. The dividend will be paid on or about December 31, 2010 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 13, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 0.9%.... more
Commercial National Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CNAF) has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.22 per share, $0.88 annualized. The dividend is payable December 3, 2010, to shareholders of record as of November 26, 2010. The ex-dividend date is November 24, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 5.3%.... more