Category Archives: Dividend Tips

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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Wells Fargo and Simon Property Stocks Cut Their Dividends

The market needs to brace itself for more dividend cuts. Investors need to tread carefully investing in retail REITs, banks, or energy. If you’re investing in the spaces, it’s likely that dividends aren’t your top priority. A multi-year turnaround plan sounds plausible.

Wells Fargo Cutting Its Dividend this Month

It’s expected that Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) will partially cut its dividend in Q3 to comply with the Federal Reserve’s stress tests. It will announce the new dividend when it reports quarterly results on July 14.

In the last great recession triggered by a financial crisis about 11 years ago, the stock traded as low as a P/E of 5 based on normalized earnings. That would imply a buy target of about $18 — if you’re looking for a multi-year turnaround play.

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Why Inter Pipeline Stock Cut Its Dividend

As recent as August 2019, Inter Pipeline (TSX:IPL) received a takeover bid – that it rejected – of CAD$30 per share. Who would have thought that the company would trade at only a third of that price today?

Personally, I avoided the stock for reasons that were unrelated to the headwinds that it and other energy infrastructure companies are facing today.

Specifically, I saw that Inter Pipeline had project concentration risk, as its major Heartland Petrochemical Complex project made up about 95% of its capital program at the time.

Inter Pipeline had project concentration risk, as its major Heartland Petrochemical Complex project made up about 95% of its capital program at the time.

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