Trustworthy dividend stocks are hard to find. Yes, you could look at Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, or any of the other "bond proxies" which dividend investors are so in love with. But those stocks are mostly expensive and personally I want to … [Read more...] about Hunting for trustworthy dividend stocks
In the media
In this month's Dividend Hunter column for Master Investor magazine I looked at some of the highest yielding stocks in the FTSE All-Share. Not to buy them of course, because the dividend yield on its own is a crude tool at the best of … [Read more...] about Unearthing bargains among high yield stocks
As dividend stocks go, Prudential and Legal and General both have mixed track records. On the one hand, they operate in a sector which is relatively immune to the economic cycle (people don’t typically cancel their life insurance just because … [Read more...] about Prudential or Legal and General: Which is the best dividend growth stock?
The recent collapse in the share price of Carillion took many investors by surprise, but should it have? I don't think so. Yes, on the surface things looked fine. Carillion was a highly successful company, with a very long track record of … [Read more...] about Important lessons from the collapse of Carillion’s share price
Neil Woodford strides across the equity income landscape like a colossus, gazing down upon his competitors as they scurry about like ants in the dust. Okay, perhaps that's taking it a bit too far, but Neil Woodford is without doubt the UK's best … [Read more...] about Was Woodford right to sell Glaxo?
One argument against investing in mega-cap dividend stocks is that elephants don’t gallop, and it's true; they don’t. However, as a dividend-focused investor I’m not necessarily looking for companies that can grow at ten or twenty percent each … [Read more...] about Who is the heavyweight dividend champion?
KCOM Group's dividend yield is currently more than 6%. That makes it attractive, but it also puts it squarely in yield trap territory. For a high yield stock, KCOM is interesting because it's a company of two halves. The first half can trace … [Read more...] about Can KCOM Group maintain its 6% dividend or is it a yield trap?
Last month I outlined six questions designed to help investors avoid potential yield traps. This month I’ll cover four more. These four questions, plus the six from last month, look for a variety of warning signs including: bad management … [Read more...] about Some more questions to help you avoid yield traps
As a dividend-focused investor I’m always on the lookout for high yield shares, whether that yield is high relative to the market average or high relative to the company’s peers. However, as most yield-seeking investors soon discover, high yield … [Read more...] about 6 Questions to help you avoid yield traps
As dividend-paying stocks go, Mark's & Spencer is not exactly a "hidden champion". On the contrary, it's a company that just about everyone in the UK (investor or not) is aware of. Because of its long history as the centrepiece of many UK high … [Read more...] about Marks & Spencer’s dividend yield: Is it big enough to offset the risks?