2 Top Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding 4-8%

2 Top Stocks to Buy With Dividends Yielding 4-8%Dividend stocks are the foundation of great portfolios, because as history has shown, they far outperform non-dividend-paying stocks over the long term. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at two high-quality dividend stocks that you could buy today and hold for decades. Pattern Energy Group Inc. Pattern Energy Group Inc. (TSX:PEG)(NASDAQ:PEGI) is one of the world’s largest independent producers of wind power…

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You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There’s A Catch

You Can Earn $50K in Tax-Free Dividends But There's A CatchWhile early retirement may be a pipe dream for most of us, every once in a while I hear from readers who have pulled it off and are living almost tax-free on dividend income alone. An example is Torontonian Phil McKinley, who retired in his early 40s a couple of years ago and has been living on his non-registered dividend income tax-free. While McKinley is reluctant to divulge his full…

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5 Things Investors Should Know But Probably Don’t

5 Things Investors Should Know But Probably Don'tCanadian investors love to think they are true masters of their financial kingdom when in practice most studies show many of us don’t realize small insights that could be very beneficial. We’ve uncovered some interesting things, shown below, that every investor should know. What are your thoughts? Have any more? Leave them in the comment section below. By far the cleverest way to save the most in exchange fees when…

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How REITs Satisfy the Need for Yield

How REITs Satisfy the Need for YieldThe global search for yield isn’t going anywhere. But since U.S. stocks are looking overvalued on several measures and the bond market is showing danger signs, real estate investment trusts are a pretty attractive option, particularly U.S. ones that should continue to perform well with a gradually improving economy. REIT dividend yields do not fully reflect the rally U.S. stocks have experienced in the past four years. Indeed, they’re remained…

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Why Investors Want Cash Now Instead of Future Gains

Why Investors Want Cash Now Instead of Future GainsBarry Schwartz believes a company that is increasing its dividend or buying back shares is a far better investment than one more committed to raising capital expenditures. The chief investment officer at Baskin Financial Services Inc., a wealth management firm in Toronto, thinks it’s a no-brainer. “Have there ever been any studies showing that companies that increase capex over time outperform, because I haven’t seen one,” he said. “But I’ve…

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GICs – The Problem With Playing It Safe

GICs - The Problem With Playing It SafeThe Problem As a 59-year-old training administrator for a mining company, Heather is a member of her company’s defined contribution pension plan. She’s also mortgage-free. But in 2008 she suffered a 40% loss in her stock portfolio and has since slowly sold off all her high-fee mutual funds, putting her 100% in cash. “I have to pay more attention,” says Heather, who has started managing her own finances. After reading…

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Designing a Dividend Portfolio

Designing a Dividend PortfolioOver the years I’ve continued to take on the occasional client in my consulting business; helping a few small businesses, individual investors and the odd institutional investor. Over the past 16 months I’ve been working with a couple whose intentions have been to build their own dividend growth portfolio for retirement after being with various financial advisors for years. Portfolio Construction is one of the most daunting tasks an individual…

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5 Reasons to Love Dividends

5 Reasons to Love DividendsMany investors I spoke to at a three-day investment conference last week extolled the virtues of the dividend stocks they owned. These investors loved how dividend-paying companies seem to just to keep going up, and the dividend money just keeps rolling in. “It almost seems like a scam,” one investor told me. “I do nothing, and the company keeps paying me, quarter after quarter, year after year.” Well, it is…

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Using Dividend Stocks to Build Income

Using Dividend Stocks to Build IncomeHow did you get into investing?After finishing post secondary, I visited my local banker to get some investing advice and was pointed towards one of their mutual funds that was selected based on my risk tolerance at the time. I set up an automatic withdraw plan and watched as my net worth began to slowly grow in size. It was a good feeling! After reading copious amounts of literature on…

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Passive Investing Still Takes Work

Passive Investing Still Takes WorkThe dream of passive investing is to build a portfolio so that you no longer have to do anything active to get a steady return. But it takes some work to make it come true, especially now when interest rates are low and markets are volatile. The goal is to find the kind of stable assets that will eventually do all the work of earning money for you. When you…

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