Here are 5 Canadian dividend stocks we recommend holding in your portfolio during and after COVID-19
One of the key points in our three-part investment advice is to invest mainly in well-established dividend-paying stocks. The COVID-19 pandemic and the downturn it spurred in March 2020 highlight the value of holding dividend payers in tumultuous times. Successful investors pay a lot of attention to dividend yields from Canadian dividend stocks. Dividends can contribute up to a third of your long-term investment returns. That’s even before factoring the tax savings associated with the Canadian dividend tax credit.
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The Best Canadian Dividend Stocks to Buy: REITS Canada and other Top Canadian Dividend Stocks.
Canadian taxpayers who hold Canadian dividend stocks get a special bonus. Their dividends can be eligible for the dividend tax credit in Canada. That dividend tax credit—available on dividends paid on Canadian stocks held outside of an RRSP, RRIF or TFSA—will cut your effective tax rate.
This means that dividend income will be taxed at a lower rate than the same amount of interest income. Ontario investors, for example, in the highest tax bracket pay tax of around 39% on dividends, compared to 53% on interest income). Investors in the higher tax bracket pay tax on capital gains at a rate of 27%.
What Canadian dividend stocks offer investors
Dividends are far more reliable than capital gains. A stock that pays a $1 dividend this year will probably do the same next year. In addition, top dividend-paying stocks like to ratchet those payments upward—hold them steady in a bad year, and raise them in a good one. That also gives you a hedge against inflation.
For a true measure of stability, we focus on those companies that have maintained or raised their dividends during economic downturns. That’s because these firms leave themselves enough room to handle periods of earnings volatility. By continually rewarding investors, and retaining enough cash to finance their businesses, they provide an attractive mix of safety, income and growth.
5 Canadian dividend stocks worth investing in
We still think investors will profit most—and with the least risk—by buying shares of well-established, dividend-paying stocks with strong business prospects.
These are companies that have leading positions in healthy industries. They also have strong management that will make the right moves to remain competitive in a changing market.
Stocks like these give investors an additional measure of safety despite today’s volatility. And the best ones offer the attractive combination of a moderate p/e (the ratio of a stock’s price to its per-share earnings), steady or rising dividend yields (annual dividend divided by the share price) and promising growth prospects.
Here are some of the stocks we think meet those criteria:
Look for Canadian dividend stocks with consistency top of mind
One of the best ways of picking a quality Canadian dividend stock is to look for companies that have been paying dividends for at least 5 to 10 years. Companies can trump up quarterly earnings, issue press releases to appear to be making strong progress, but they cannot fake dividends. Dividends are cash outlays that an unsuccessful company could never produce. A history of dividend payments is one commonality that all the best dividend stocks have.
Dividend stocks are a sign of investment quality. Some good companies reinvest profit instead of paying dividends. But fraudulent and failing companies hardly ever pay dividends. So if you only buy stocks that pay dividends, you’ll automatically stay out of almost all the market’s worst stocks.
Are you already investing in any of these Canadian dividend stocks? How have they performed? Share your experience with us in the comments.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is regularly updated.
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