Benefit from Rising Interest Rates with the Big 5 Canadian Banks

This is a guest contribution by Nick McCullum of Sure Dividend. Sure Dividend uses The 8 Rules of Dividend Investing to identify high-quality dividend stocks suitable for long-term investment.

The Big 5 Canadian banks offer great dividends and the stocks look poised for steady long-term growth if interest rates continue to go higher.

This article will discuss:

  • why we think interest rates in North America are going higher,
  • 5 actionable investment ideas that allow investors to benefit from rising interest rates, and
  • why the banks will benefit from rising interest rates

Interest Rates Are Heading Higher

In both Canada and the United States, the trend is clear: interest rates are on their way up after a prolonged period at near-zero benchmark rates.

In July, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark interest for the first time since 2010. While the bank did not communicate any concrete plans for future rate hikes, it is likely that more are coming.

Graph of Bank of Canada Overnight Money Market Financing Rate from 1975-2017

Source: YCharts

In the United States, the trend is even more clear.

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Strong Dividend Stocks in the Retail Space Exists?!

If you’ve been following Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHLD) and Macy’s Inc.’s (NYSE:M), it may be difficult to believe that strong companies in the retail space still exist.

Sears had been posting losses since 2012. And Macy’s fundamentals have been deteriorating since 2015; its long-term growth is estimated to be about 2% per year, which would be hardly keeping pace with inflation. One should, of course, avoid investing in these types of retailers.

However, it’s not all bad in the retail space. Here are a few quality stocks whose fundamentals have remained strong as they face the challenges in the industry.

shopping mall

Simon Property Offers a ~4.4% Yield

Simon Property Group Inc. (NYSE:SPG) is a global leader, which owns premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations with properties across North America, Europe, and Asia.

In the second quarter, Simon Property slightly increased its guidance for the year (due to the elimination of some debt), and now estimates to generate $11.14 to $11.22 funds from operations per share, which would represent a growth of ~7% compared to 2016.

As well, management also increased its quarterly dividend to $1.80 per share, which represents a boost of nearly 9.1% from a year ago. Simon Property has hiked its dividend payout every year since 2011.

At ~$164.50 per share, Simon Property is reasonably priced at a multiple of ~15 (and some say even undervalued because the quality shares have historically commanded a premium multiple of ~18). Here the best three places to look for safe dividend income.

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Are the Auto-Parts Retailer Stocks Attractive?

car repair

The Auto-Parts retailer stocks have fallen off the cliff. The shares of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP), O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY), and AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE:AZO) have all declined about 38% in the last 12 months.

Either the industry is attractive or they’re experiencing some trouble. O’Reilly and AutoZone have maintained operating margins of above 19%, while Advance Auto’s has slipped 7.3% as it digests its last acquisition.

AutoZone takes the lead with annual revenue of nearly $10.78 billion. Advance Auto takes the second place with annual revenue of almost $9.48 billion. Lastly, O’Reilly has annual revenue of $8.65 billion.

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