Category Archives: Dividends & Income

When Should You Buy Dividend Stocks like Pepsi or Fortis?

Other than being dividend stocks, what do Pepsi (NASDAQ:PEP) and Fortis (TSX:FTS)(NYSE:FTS) have in common? 

The dividend stocks have resilient earnings. They are Dividend Aristocrats with a track record of dividend increases. Pepsi and Fortis pay dividends that are sustainable. They offer nice yields of about 3-4%

I use a method that suggests good stock price ranges to buy this type of dividend stocks at. Recently, I have used exactly this method to buy shares of Pepsi and Fortis. I’ll explain the method later in this article. First, let’s go through the above commonalities in more detail.

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Stock Investing is Not Just About Returns: 2 Things You Might Care More About!

As you may know, I’ve been investing in stocks for about 13 years. I surely love it when my stocks provide outperforming returns. Of course, there are laggards, too. 

What more can stock investing be about if it’s not just about returns? Every stock investor wants to get rich, right?

I discuss below why earnings quality and dividend income could be important to you.

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Earnings Quality

Since I delved into growth investing, including in small caps, I’ve become more deeply appreciative of stocks with underlying businesses that have superb earnings quality.

I hate to break the news. Stocks with high earnings quality won’t give you the greatest returns. However, they give you something else — a defensive, low-risk holding. These kinds of stocks should provide reassurance to any stock investor when the macro environment is in turmoil. 

The more conservative you are as a stock investor, the bigger percentage of these types of stocks you should hold in your stock portfolio. 

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3 Tips To Improve Your Stock Returns

Are you new to stock investing or an experienced investor who wants to improve their stock returns? Here are a few tips that should help.

  • Know yourself well.
  • Know your stocks well.
  • Know the stock market well.

I will include examples to illustrate the points. 

Know Yourself Well as an Investor

Don’t know what stocks to invest in? Seek stocks that suit you in terms of your temperament and risk tolerance. You might need to test the waters to find your group of stocks.

One way to do so is by investing in a virtual account so that you won’t lose any real money if they turn south. If you can’t raise your enthusiasm from that, consider investing tiny amounts to get a feel of stock investing.

If you’re an aggressive investor and want high growth, consider growth stocks like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), and Tencent (TCEHY).

Conservative dividend stocks

If you’re a conservative investor, think about sticking with proven businesses. Personally, I find it’s easier to get started with dividend and value investing, which focuses on getting safe dividends and paying fair or better valuations for stocks. 

One stock I bought earlier this month that falls in this category is TC Energy (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP). It is a top 15 Canadian dividend growth stock with 19 consecutive years of dividend growth. Its 10-year dividend growth rate is 7%. TRP stock is already up close to 7% from when I bought it. However, it still offers a juicy yield of almost 5.4%, which is still attractive levels.

TC Energy operates a gas and liquids pipeline and power and storage portfolio. Buying the stock at discounted valuations (such as now!) has led to double-digit long-term returns. There’s no reason that this time will be any different.

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