Why Dividend Cuts May Be a Good Thing for Investors

Life isn’t perfect and for whatever reason, we purchase stocks we shouldn’t have bought, lured in by the high yield, or still hang on to stocks we should have sold. Investor confidence in a company can be sudden and swift. In the case of TransAlta Corp (TA) for example (which I don’t own) this was pointed out in a recent post by John Heinzl. Management decisions over the sale of the  Sundance coal plants, and the looming threat of a dividend cut have pummelled the stock price. TA closed ...

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Loyalty – One of the Biggest Stock Picking Mistakes I Make

I am loyal to a fault. I will stick with a company that I grew up with and love all the way to the bitter end. While being loyal may be a great trait, it often gets me into trouble as an investor. The Dividend Ninja’s recent recap of his Dividend Growth Index and individual stock picks reminded me of a recent friendly debate that we had. The Ninja is a big fan of PepsiCo Inc, but I personally love and own shares in Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Like the wise Ninja predicted, that hasn’t worked out ...

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When Issuing a Dividend Can Be Dangerous

A dividend can actually be a huge red flag depending on where the company gets the money for it. If you know what to look for, a company paying or increasing its dividend is not always a good sign. How does your favorite dividend paying company get the money for those annual or quarterly payments? Have you seen the statement of cash flows and income statement? Do you bother to dig deep to learn as much as you can about the companies that you are investing in? You definitely should take the time ...

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What Is a Dividend Aristocrat? And Why You Need to Invest in Them

There is a reason why the Dividend Ninja mentions Dividend Aristocrats in his Ninja Lessons investing philosophy. They are tried and true dividend winners who have consistently provided investors with increasing dividends year in and year out. Dividend Aristocrats make a great addition to a portfolio of dividend stocks. They are a great place to start your search for the next company to add to your portfolio. What is a Dividend Aristocrat? The Dividend Aristocrats are defined by Standard &Poor’s ...

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