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

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

Profit from rising infrastructure spending

Governments around the world know the benefits that flow from the development of better infrastructure. However, their stretched budgets and a reluctance to increase taxes constrain their ability to initiate these projects. This provides opportunities for private companies to develop and manage these assets.
Here are… Read More