Cautious Dividend Investing a Must

Given the historically low interest rate and return environment, investors hungry for yield have been gravitating toward dividend stocks, but the valuation advantage of this asset class has diminished. This according to an article in this week’s Forbes by Validea CEO John Reese. “Since yield no longer provides a reliable valuation tool” writes Reese, “investors in search of such dividends must be sure to use other metrics to gauge value.” He emphasizes the importance of evaluating a company’s fundamentals and identifies six high-dividend stocks (yields above 3%) that score well according to his guru-based screening models: United Microelectronics (UMC) is […]

The Weakest Link in Today’s Market

Expending more than you take in works for a diet, but it doesn’t for the stock market. That’s the upshot of a recent Wall Street Journal article by Steven Russolillo, who writes that today’s ultra-low interest rate market is allowing share prices to “stay higher for longer than under more normal circumstances.” What could “end this game” he argues, is the amount of cash companies are paying out to investors–which is now exceeding the earnings taken in. Russolillo quotes New York University finance professor Aswath Damodaran, who believes this to be a significant risk. Damodaran says that “S&P 500 companies […]

Shopping for Dividend Yield Without the Traps

While high dividend yields (yield defined as dividend divided by stock price) are appealing, they become less so if they’re a function of a low stock price that reflects underlying financial weakness. In a recent Forbes article, Validea CEO John Reese says to look for those stocks that show higher-than-average yields along with a history of low dividend payout ratios and high dividend growth. He also offers the following warning signs when a dividend yield seems a little too good to be true: If the company is paying significantly higher dividends than its peers or paying a large percentage of […]

Avoiding the Value Trap when Shopping for Payout

Shopping for yield when interest rates are at rock bottom levels can attract an investor to low-priced stocks that may not be the best prospects. A recent Barron’s article cautioned investors that high-yielding stocks could be “value traps”. Analysts at Evercore’s ISI Team (a research arm of Evercore Partners, an investment bank and money manager) explain, “Dividend yield as a factor for stock selection [must] be combined with other factors.” These other factors include payout ratios (percentage of earnings paid out as dividends) and dividend growth. Specifically, the team looks for stocks with low payout ratios because it allows breathing […]

The Importance of Dividends for the Long Term Investor

Dividend producing stocks are attractive and offer investors compelling values (subscription required) according to this AAII Journal article by John Buckingham, director of research and chief portfolio manager of AFAM Capital and editor of the Prudent Speculator newsletter. Keep in mind, the article was written in mid-2015, but many of the statistics in the article are long term in nature and we believe investors seeking and investing in high dividend paying stocks should take note of this research. There are a number of factors that make Buckingham positive on dividend oriented stocks. First off, Buckingham notes that non-dividend payers have […]