Dividend Stocks

Dividend stocks make cash payouts that serve as a way for companies to share the wealth they’ve accumulated.  These payouts are drawn from earnings and cash flow and paid to the shareholders of the company. Typically, these dividends are paid quarterly, although they may be paid annually or even monthly as well.

Dividends can produce as much as a third of your total return over long periods, and you can even retire on dividends.

There are 4 key stock dividend dates that are involved with dividend payments:

1- The Declaration Date is several weeks in advance of a dividend payment—it’s when company’s board of directors sets the amount and timing of the proposed payment.
2- The Payable Date is the date set by the board on which the dividend will actually be paid out to shareholders.
3- The Record Date is for shareholders who hold the stock before the payable date and receive the dividend payment. That date is set any number of weeks before the payable date.
4-The Ex-Dividend Date is two business days before the record date and it’s when the shares begin to trade without their dividend. If you buy stocks one day or more before their ex-dividend date, you will still get the dividend. That’s when a stock is said to trade cum-dividend. If you buy on the ex-dividend date or later, you won’t get the dividend. The ex-dividend date is in place to allow pending stock trades to settle.

We think very highly of stocks that have been paying dividends for five or more years, at TSI Network. Many of these stocks fit in well with our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:

1- Invest mainly in well-established companies;
2- Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; and Utilities);
3- Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.

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How to find (the safest) stocks paying the highest dividends

How to find (the safest) stocks paying the highest dividends

Stocks paying the highest dividends are a big part of a successfully portfolio—but watch out for the risks.
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8 factors for picking the best long-term dividend stocks

Finding the best long-term dividend stocks is easier when you follow these eight factors
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How to find a good income stock for your portfolio

How to find a good income stock for your portfolio

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TransCanada set for dividend hikes

TransCanada has now completed its purchase of U.S.-based Columbia Pipeline Group. Combined with other projects underway, Columbia’s operations should spur the company’s revenue and earnings, and give TransCanada more cash for dividends.

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Major acquisition spurs earnings for AT&T

Major acquisition spurs earnings for AT&T

The telecom’s acquisition of DirecTV spurred both revenue and earnings in the latest quarter; but it’s also behind plans to boost the stock’s already high dividend.
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TD is a dividend leader

Like most Canadian banks, TD has consistently raised its dividend over the last 20 years. The bank’s continued success at finding new areas for revenue growth should sustain those increases.

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Top telecoms find new ways to grow

Demand for wireless and TV services has slowed at both AT&T and Verizon. To spur long-term earnings, the two are buying firms that complement their main businesses. These acquisitions add risk, but we feel they will ultimately pay off with more cash for dividends.
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