Expect higher dividends from these insurers

COVID-19 lockdowns in Asia have hurt earnings at these top insurance companies. However, they should benefit from rising interest rates as they invest premiums from customers in higher-yielding bonds. That puts them in a good position to reward investors with future dividend hikes.

Emera’s rising dividend is a big plus

Emera’s shares recently hit a new all-time high. That in part reflects the ongoing success of its Florida power utility, acquired in 2016.
Historically low interest rates in the past few years have also spurred investor demand for high-yielding utility stocks like Emera. Even though interest… Read More

Here’s how to find what investments pay dividends that are sustainable to boost your portfolio returns

Knowing not only what investments pay dividends—but also which payouts are sustainable—will help you determine the best places to put your investment dollars
Companies pay dividends to attract shareholders and reward them for owning stock in the corporation. It’s a long-established practice. Joint-stock companies were formed… Read More

Low p/e, high yields enhance their appeal

MANULIFE FINANCIAL CORP. $24 (Toronto symbol MFC; Conservative-Growth Payer Portfolio; Finance sector; Shares o/s: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $48.0 billion; Dividend yield: 4.2%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Above Average; www.manulife.ca) is Canada’s largest life insurance provider. It also sells other forms of insurance, including health, dental and travel plans… Read More