Assurant announced a fourth-quarter dividend of $0.50 per share on September 8. This was an increase of 67% from the previous quarter.
The company’s decision to off-load non-core businesses and concentrate on its core snack portfolio and “power brands” has provided more cash flow.
On September 3, Ventas (VTR) declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.73 per share payable on September 30. This represents an annual dividend of $2.92, equivalent to a dividend yield of 5.5%.
Dividend opportunities lie in the financial, technology, and healthcare sectors. Currently, the energy sector (XLE) has one of the best dividend yields at 2.9%.
The main purpose of investing in dividend-paying stocks is to receive steady payments and to reinvest the dividends to purchase additional stocks.
Higher dividend yields in frontier markets make them attractive.
The yield on emerging market dividend payers is high compared to the yield of many developed markets.
Dividend-paying stocks are attractive, as they provide income. Also, they-tend to be quality stocks, as they usually have decent cash flows.
All funds are expected to pay their realized net capital gains every year in the form of capital gains distributions. Most funds prefer to pay at the end of the year.
AES raised dividend payments by 25% this year compared to last year. In 2014, AES will pay $145 million or 29% of the company’s FCF as dividends.