For me, the holy grail of income investing are those stocks that pay a decent current yield and have put programs in place to grow the dividend rate by a meaningful amount every year. And by growth I want 8% to 10% per year or higher. In the current market, the primary sector to find […]
Recently the market price of crude oil has jumped significantly, offering the potential for crude oil producers (exploration and production or E&P in energy sector jargon) to rack up some extra profits. Investors have several avenues to pursue stock market profits resulting from higher oil prices. Corporate E&P companies typically plow profits back into drilling […]
The U.S. shale boom has caused an increased interest in midstream energy MLPs. Now with the amount of U.S. oil production exceeding domestic refining capacity, the government has relaxed the ban on the export of unrefined petroleum products. The shale boom has created opportunities in the midstream energy MLP space – and this even extends […]
The Iraqi conflict has lifted oil prices to their highest levels of the year. One of the biggest benefactors of higher oil prices should be the world’s largest oil and gas companies (known as “Supermajors”). As oil prices rise, the large oil companies can sell their oil at higher prices. The market will also look […]
Income focused investors start feeling uncomfortable with a stream of new record highs every week for the major indexes as it makes it hard for them to put money to work with the purchase of new stock shares. My email box fills up every day with notices that dividend stocks on my watch list have […]
The Russian-Ukraine turmoil has led to a vast selloff across the Russian market. The NASDAQ Russia Indexed Market index fell 20% in just three weeks. It has recovered some of this loss, but is still down 10% year-to-date. The investments taking the largest hit have been stocks with exposure to Russia. As one of the […]
As part of my investment research, I check out, review and track new companies coming into the income stock universe via initial public offering (IPO). Energy master limited partnerships (MLPs) are a hot sector for income investors, and IPOs of these types of companies provide unique and repeatable opportunities for some extra profits. An IPO […]
For investors looking to generate the highest potential dividend yield from a stock portfolio, it’s not difficult to find stock market investments with yields greater than 10%. However, a well-known market adage is that the higher the yield, the higher the risk. The worst possible outcome for an income stock investor is a dividend cut […]
The political crisis triggered by Russia’s takeover of Crimea and fears of greater expansion plans by Putin have finally forced the Obama administration to focus on energy policy and stop dragging its feet on approvals for new natural gas liquefaction and export facilities.
Picking income stocks that will grow the dividends provides two big benefits to your portfolio. One, a rising dividend will force the market to increase the share price at a comparable rate. Second, a company that has consistently increased dividends is not about to announce a dividend cuts.