Utility stocks are shares in companies that provide electric power, telecommunications and pipeline services. At TSI Network, we continue to recommend that income-seeking investors buy high-quality utility stocks instead of bonds. Utility shares have always been great sources of tax-advantaged dividend income.
While most utility stocks are steady income producers, some utilities also offer opportunities for growth.This happens mostly when utilities want to expand into new markets or geographic regions.
When looking for investments in utility sectors, investors should avoid judging a company based solely on its dividend yield. That’s because a high yield can sometimes be a danger sign rather than a bargain. For example, a company’s dividend yield could be high simply because its share price has dropped sharply (because you use a company’s share price to calculate yield). That can be a sign of an imminent dividend cut.
Apart from a good dividend yield, the utility stocks you invest in should have a long history of paying (and raising) their dividends. For a true measure of stability, focus on those companies that have maintained or raised their dividends during economic and stock-market downturns.
At TSI Network, we recommend using our three-part Successful Investor philosophy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Utility investments typically benefit from stronger economic activity, and a top Canadian utilities ETF will let you take advantage of this—if you watch for low fees and sound stock holdings
Utility stocks are shares in companies that provide electric power, telecommunications, pipeline services and so on… Read More
Cyclical stocks can experience drastic swings—so use our Successful Investor approach to help pick them wisely
Cyclical stocks regularly rise and fall in price, with those movements usually tied to business or economic cycles.
All in all, though, when times are good, investors in cyclical stocks sometimes… Read More
‘Defensive stocks’ can protect your portfolio against economic or stock market downturns
Most so-called “defensive stocks” are in the Consumer sector. They benefit from continuous, habitual use and have a steady core of sales, regardless of the economy and business cycles. These companies typically make products… Read More
High-yielding ETFs have appeal for income-seeking investors. The income they provide can also provide a buffer in declining markets. However, you need to look closely at the strategies that let those ETFs pay their high yields—and whether they are worth the risks.
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The best way to diversify your portfolio is to use our Successful Investor approach and branch your holdings out across most if not all five economic sectors
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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
Utility stocks like Emera and Pembina remain great picks for investors looking for reliable dividends at reasonable multiples to their future earnings. We expect both firms will raise their dividends again in the next few months.
EMERA INC. $59 is a buy. The company (Toronto symbol… Read More
Although it looks like interest rates will start moving up again in 2022, we continue to prefer high-quality utility stocks over holding bonds.
The four utility stocks below are top alternatives to bonds given their long track records of increasing their dividends even as rising interest… Read More
Even though it looks like interest rates will rise over the next year or two, they will still be at historically low levels. We feel the best way to generate income (and capital gains!) is with high-quality utility stocks like Enbridge and Fortis instead of… Read More
The advantages of diversified portfolio holdings include a balance of sectors and risk levels, regardless of your investing temperament
Portfolio diversification is the process of making sure you balance your investments so they are not tied to one industry, geographic area, or investment type. One of… Read More
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