5G is set to spur Verizon’s 4.3% yield

The company’s plan to cut its long-term operating costs by $10 billion should help offset the $18 billion upgrade of its wireless networks to 5G.

At the same time, it’s just completed the integration of its Internet properties into a new division.

The stock trades at just… Read More

Q: Pat, I have been looking for an ETF that would pay dividends and allow me to invest in the best companies throughout the world. Could you please give me your comments on the iShares Core MSCI Global Quality Dividend Index ETF.

A: The iShares Core MSCI Global Quality Dividend Index ETF, $21.10, symbol XDG on Toronto (Units outstanding: 850,000; Market cap: $17.9 million; www.blackrock.com/ca), aims to track the MSCI World High Dividend Yield Index.

This index holds global stocks with above-average dividend yields and steady or increasing… Read More

5G: More than just faster mobile phones

Mobile technology has come a long way since the first cellphone was commercialized in 1984. 2G brought text messaging, 3G brought Internet access to phones and 4G added higher speeds. 5G networks are the next generation of mobile connectivity, offering faster speeds, quicker response times,… Read More

Cost cuts free up cash for 5G

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. $57 (New York symbol VZ; Income-Growth Dividend Portfolio, Utilities sector, Shares outstanding: 4.1 billion; Market cap: $233.7 billion; Dividend yield: 4.2%; Dividend Sustainability Rating: Highest; www.verizon.com) increased its quarterly dividend by 2.1% with the November 2018 payment. The new annual rate of $2.41 yields a.. Read More

Our top two telecom buys: AT&T Inc. and Verizon

AT&T INC. $31 (New York symbol T; Income Portfolio, Utilities sector; Shares outstanding: 7.3 billion; Market cap: $226.3 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.3; Dividend yield: 6.6%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.att.com) completed its $103 billion cash-and-stock purchase of media giant TimeWarner (now called WarnerMedia) in June 2018. AT&T plans… Read More