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Safest Dividends On the Planet

Want to create a secure, growing income stream from your dividend stock portfolio? What are the characteristics of the safest dividends? Investors buy dividend stocks for the stable income. So, it’s essential to choose stocks that generate safe, growing dividends.

The characteristics for the safest dividends include:

  • stable earnings
  • culture of increasing dividends, and
  • conservative payout ratio

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Stable Business. Stable Earnings.

Behind each stock that pays a dividend is a business. If the business is not profitable, it cannot pay healthy dividends. Which sector or industry is the business in? The type of the business helps us determine whether a business’s earnings are stable or not.

For example, consumer staples and utilities typically generate very stable earnings because there’s a consistent demand for their needed products and services no matter how the economy is doing.

On the other hand, businesses whose profitability rely on commodity prices can fall hard in price. Many energy companies have cut their dividends in this oil rout.

Look at Crescent Point Energy Corp (TSX:CPG)(NYSE:CPG) and Canadian Oil Sands Ltd (TSX:COS) as examples. In 2015, they slashed dividends by 57% and 86%, respectively. What did you expect? Both are expected to earn negative earnings in fiscal year 2015.

There’s a similar situation with regards to falling earnings for the miners such as Teck Resources Ltd (TSX:TCK.B)(NYSE:TCK) and BHP Billiton plc (ADR) (NYSE:BBL)(NYSE:BHP). Falling earnings have led to falling prices for energy companies and mining companies alike. Read More

Dividend Stocks at a Value: January 2015 Watchlist

A good dividend stock pays and even raises its dividend whether the market goes up or down. As long as you don’t sell the shares, you will always get a positive return (the dividends you receive) no matter how the market behaves. Recently, there has been a lot of volatility in the Energy sector due to oil price plummeting so an investor could value dig there to get a high starting yield and potential return once oil price goes up again…that is if one can stand the volatility and the possibility of more downside in the near-term. That’s why I like buying in small chucks at opportune times when a company on my watchlist is priced at a value. Dollar-cost averaging allows the flexibility of buying more shares at a lower price when the market behaves negatively.

For this month, I looked over my current holdings to see which dividend payers are good values to buy. There are also other good Energy companies to look into, including Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Enbridge Inc (TSX:ENB)(NYSE:ENB), TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP)(NYSE:TRP), Inter Pipeline Ltd (TSX:IPL), Suncor Energy Inc (TSX:SU)(NYSE:SU), Cenovus Energy Inc (TSX:CVE)(NYSE:CVE), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX:CNQ)(NYSE:CNQ), and Vermilion Energy Inc (TSX:VET)(NYSE:VET).

Classic Dividend Companies

This list shows the current yields, and I believe are good starting yields (with respective to the company’s historical yields) to start buying into these companies if you believe in the future of these companies.

  • Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) – yield: 4.16%
  • Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) – yield: 3.96%
  • International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) – yield: 2.82%

Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of Nova Scotia logo

Bank of Nova Scotia is the third largest bank in Canada. This Canadian leading bank provides financial services in over 55 countries. It’s medium-term objectives were met in 2014. The 2015 medium-term objectives is the same as 2014. For example, earnings per share growth is expected to be between 5 and 10%, while return on equity is expected to be between 15 and 18%.

A table for Scotiabank 2014 Medium-Term Financial Objectives Met
Source: Bank of Nova Scotia Q4 2014 Investor Presentation, Slide 5

Chevron

Chevron logo
Chevron is a large oil company, which pays an attractive dividend of over 3.9%, 20% higher than its 5-year average of 3.3%. It’s paying out 38% of its earnings for its dividends. Historically, this is at the higher end of its yield range, unless one wants to shoot for above 4.25%, which looks possible.
CVX Dividend Yield (TTM) Chart

CVX Dividend Yield (TTM) data by YCharts

If history is telling, then, having raised dividends for 27 years in a row, CVX will be increasing its dividend in Q2 of 2015 even amidst low oil prices. Additionally, Morningstar gives it 4-stars, meaning the shares are currently undervalued.
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