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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GWO acquisitions add risk

GREAT-WEST LIFECO $35.36 (Toronto symbol GWO; Shares outstanding: 986.1 million; Market cap: $35.1 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; Yield: 3.9%; www. greatwestlifeco.com) is Canada’s second-largest insurance company, after Manulife Financial (Toronto symbol MFC and a buy recommendation of Canadian Wealth Advisor). It also offers mutual… Read More

TransCanada; high TSI Dividend Sustainability

 Recently, TSI Dividend Advisor reported on TransCanada’s completed acquisition of U.S.-based Columbia Pipeline Group. Combined with other projects underway, Columbia’s operations have spurred the company’s revenue and earnings, and should  give TransCanada more cash for dividends.

TRANSCANADA CORP. $61 (Toronto symbol TRP; Income-Growth Dividend Payer… Read More

Strong Sustainability for Pfizer dividend

For our December issue of TSI Dividend Advisor we reported on Pfizer’s research spending and recent acquisitions. They will contribute significantly to its future growth.

PFIZER INC. $31 (New York symbol PFE; Income Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares o/s: 6.1 billion; Market cap: $189.1 billion;… Read More

Dividend Stocks: Canadian REIT focuses on development

Dividend Stocks: Canadian REIT focuses on development

Higher rents and occupancy levels helped lift cash flow in the latest quarter as the trust continued to plan for 12 new developments.
CANADIAN REIT (Toronto symbol REF.UN; www.creit.ca) owns 198 properties across Canada and Chicago, including retail (85), industrial (96) and office (17) buildings. These… Read More

REITs: Canada still offers tax advantages for these investments

REITs: Canada still offers tax advantages for these investments

Investing in REITs Canada can help you minimize risk in owning investment property
REITs, Canada’s remaining category of income trusts, continue to pay distributions before they pay tax—and that’s good for unitholders. The 2011 law that put an end to tax privileges for other income trusts… Read More

Sales surge for Exco Technologies

Sales surge for Exco Technologies

Pat McKeough recently replied to an Inner Circle member looking for an opinion on the leading manufacturer. While the company has a strong balance to support expansion, says Pat, its growth depends on the health of the auto industry.
Q: Hi Pat: What do you think… Read More

How best to evaluate stocks with a high dividend yield

How best to evaluate stocks with a high dividend yield

Are stocks with a high dividend yield the most prized finds or bad investments in disguise?
The dividend yield is the percentage you get when you divide the current yearly dividend payment by the share or unit price of the investment.

The biggest risk in stocks with… Read More

The Pros and Cons of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

The Pros and Cons of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

Discover how dividend reinvestment plans can be part of your portfolio—but with a couple of caveats
Some high growth dividend stocks give their shareholders the opportunity to participate in dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs). These dividend reinvestment plans let investors use their dividends to buy new shares,… Read More

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.
If you stick with top quality stocks paying the highest dividends, the income you earn can supply a significant percentage of your total return—as much as a third… Read More