When the World Health Organization announced that the world was experiencing a pandemic around March 2020, the regulator tightened restrictions to prevent federally regulated financial institutions like Manulife (TSX:MFC)(NYSE:MFC) from increasing their dividends. This is why the life and health insurance company froze its dividend for eight consecutive quarters.
When the regulator lifted the ban about a month ago, Manulife quickly announced a dividend increase of almost 17.9%. Its new quarterly dividend is C$0.33 per share, equating to an annualized payout of C$1.32 per share. The negative sentiment around the stock market in the last week pressured this dividend stock lower. Consequently, investors can now buy shares for a juicy dividend yield that’s flirting with 5.7%.
The dividend stock is not a darling
For some reason, Manulife stock tends to trade at a substantial discount to its peer, Sun Life (TSX:SLF)(NYSE:SLF). Maybe it’s because of their different business mix. Sun Life’s business is much more diversified, leading to more quality earnings. Here’s an overview of Sun Life’s net income diversification.
Last week, we discussed 9.5%-yield Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI), its different dividend cut scenarios, and its potential returns as a result.
This week, we’re looking at another healthcare REIT, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT (TSX:NWH.UN). It attracts income investors in multiple ways. First, it pays a big dividend through a monthly payout. Second, the healthcare REIT’s international portfolio provides a unique offering. Third, it recently demonstrated that it can grow its net asset value per unit (NAVPU).
Get a big dividend from this healthcare REIT
Any income investor would love to get a big paycheque every month. NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT currently offers a yield of almost 5.9%. It has maintained the same annualized payout of $0.80 per unit since 2012.
Big dividend stocks are tempting. Who doesn’t want to buy shares of a company and sit back to enjoy juicy passive income? Stock investing is not so simple, though. Big dividend yields can be cut.
As a dividend investor who targets extraordinary total returns, I sometimes battle between getting a nice dividend income and a high expected total return. Sometimes, investors can get the best of both worlds, though. When it’s clear a nice dividend stock could deliver high returns, it’s easy to make an investment decision. Other times, the market has given a clear signal that a high yield dividend stock’s dividend could be in danger. Usually, slow growth piggyback on high yield stocks.
Here’s a high-yield dividend stock you might have looked at over the last year.
A dividend stock with a +9% yield
Honestly, I have been tempted by Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI) juicy yield in the last month or so. Currently, it almost yields 9.2%! However, my investment decision doesn’t entirely depend on the +9% yield, because there’s the danger that the healthcare REIT could cut its yield to lower levels. Therefore, if I buy the dividend stock, it wouldn’t only be for the dividend, it’ll also need to be a good total-return investment.