The following post is written by John Schroeder.
When it comes to investing in U.S. dividend stocks, there are several places you can start your search for companies to add to your portfolio. For example, many investors turn to the Dividend Aristocrats which are found on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. Members of the Dividend Aristocrats Index must consistently raise their dividend for 25+ consecutive years and also be a member of the S&P 500.
In the event a company on the index freezes or lowers their annual dividend, then the stock is dropped at the end of the year. This set of strict criteria can give dividend investors a head start into searching for well-managed companies that continue to payback their shareholders.
Besides the Aristocrats, there are several other lists or indexes of dividend paying stocks that investors can use. One such list is known as the Dividend ...
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It’s been a while since I’ve written about my recent buys. The reason being, I haven’t purchased any positions recently, other than purchasing shares of TELUS in June. However with the RRSP deadline approaching, and some tax payable, I was able scrape nearly 1K to contribute to my RRSP. That gave me enough cash in my RRSP to top-up or purchase something new. In early September 2013, I had mentioned in a weekly lineup I was thinking about REITs.
Yesterday morning I made a small purchase of 53 shares, in H&R REIT (HR.UN). I am pleased with initiating a position in H&R, and look forward to adding more shares to this company.
For those who don’t know what REITs are, they are Real Estate Investment Trusts. Under the trust structure, REITs don’t pay corporate income tax. They pass the full taxable amount of distributions onto unit holders. ...
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During the last two days, AWeber Communications has been under a DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attack.
This attack has caused a complete failure of both the AWeber website, and all associated client and email services. I am confident AWeber will be able to restore their services, and I certainly wish them the best during this time.
AWeber currently handles both my RSS feed by email as well as the newsletter. Although I was originally using Google FeedBurner, I discussed my reasons why I had switched to AWeber for delivering my RSS feed. Those reasons haven’t changed.
However, in the short-term, AWeber is proving to be an unreliable means for delivering content to you – my readers.
Since many of you are already signed up with FeedBurner, switching back made the most sense. Therefore, effective earlier today, I have migrated the RSS Subscription service back to Google FeedBurner:
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The following post is written by Brian So, a financial advisor and blogger at www.aafsinsurance.com.
Introduction to MLPs
Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, are publicly traded investment partnerships based in the U.S. They combine the liquidity of a publicly traded company with the tax efficiency of limited partnerships. The business is structured with a general partner in charge of operations, and limited partners providing the capital. Units of the partnership represent the limited partner’s stake in the company, and are traded publicly on stock exchanges.
In order to qualify as a MLP, the partnership must derive at least 90% of their income from the energy sector, primarily oil and gas. Much like the energy income trusts, that we used to have in Canada before the tax loophole was closed in 2011, MLPs are allowed to pass their income to their unitholders without paying much tax. ...
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