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How To Choose Stocks For Your Defensive Dividend Portfolio

The U.S. market has been led by the bull for pretty much 10 consecutive years. So, it’s better to take a more defensive stance to prepare for attacks from the bear. A core component of a defensive portfolio is it can utilize conservative dividend stocks as its foundation.

Here are some tips for choosing your foundation conservative dividend stocks.

Earnings or Cash Flow Stability

Healthy dividends are paid from earnings or cash flow. So, stable earnings or cash flow generation improve the dividend safety of a stock.

Typically, utilities, REITs, the big Canadian banks, the big Canadian telecoms, and energy infrastructure stocks are good places to search for businesses that generate stable earnings or cash flow.

Dividend Safety

When checking for dividend safety, the first 2 things to look at are the payout ratio and dividend track record of the company. Typically, the lower the payout ratio, the safer the dividend.

However, certain industries like REITs and utilities tend to have higher payout ratios. So, it’s best to compare a company’s payout ratio to that of its industry peers.

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4 Stocks for Safe Dividend Income

Generally, dividend-growth stocks are a conservative way to invest in the stock market. Typically, they’re mature companies that generate sufficient earnings or cash flows to pay a generous dividend and maintain and grow the business.

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This Telecom offers a growing dividend

It’s been a long time since TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU), the third-largest Canadian telecom has hit my minimum yield target of 4.7%.

The dividend is safe, and the stock is reasonably valued — not a bargain and not excessively expensive. At ~CAD$46 per share, TELUS trades at a P/E of ~16, while it’s estimated to increase its earnings per share (“EPS”) by 6.5-7.1% per year over the next 3-5 years.

Source: FAST Graphs

At current levels, TELUS can deliver 8-11% per year on average over 3-5 years.

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