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The Best 3 Places To Look For Safe Dividend Income

If history gives a hint about the future, it indicates that companies in certain industries tend to generate stable earnings or cash flows that lead to stable dividends.

If we choose the quality companies from these industries, we can then build a diversified portfolio that generates a secure, growing income stream. Below, I list some possibilities.

Utilities: A Must-Own Sector

Earnings generated by utilities are relatively stable because people need to use electricity, gas, and water, etc. no matter if the economy is doing well or not.

One utility that came out strongly from the last recession was Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. (TSX:BIP.UN)(NYSE:BIP). Since 2009 it has been a five-bagger.

Brookfield Infrastructure is a rock solid utility, which owns and operates a global, quality portfolio of infrastructure assets, including toll roads, railroads, ports, pipelines, and telecom towers.

Its trusted management, Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM), employs value investing and actively recycles mature assets for higher returns. Because management owns 30% of the partnership, retail unitholders can expect the management to be unitholder-friendly.

Indeed, Brookfield Infrastructure has increased its distribution every year since 2009. Going forward, it gives the guidance to grow its distribution by 5-9% per year. Currently, it offers a yield of 4.5% to start.

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Which Dividend Stock Is the Best Buy?

Only you can decide for yourself which is the best dividend stock to buy next. If there are several dividend stocks that you love, but you can only choose one to buy right now, here are some things you can consider.

Keep your allocations in check

You should know how much invested capital you have in each stock holding and each sector and or industry. You also should know how much they’re worth at market value. This is so that you won’t have too much invested in any company, which should help reduce emotional buying and selling.

Here’s a simple example. Let’s say that five years ago, for our portfolio, we originally invested $2,000 in each of Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD)(NYSE:TD), Emera Inc (TSX:EMA), Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc (TSX:ATD.B), Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), and Brookfield Asset Management Inc (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM).

In other words, we invested an equal amount of money in each company for the equal-weight portfolio. Each holding made up 20% of the portfolio. Read More