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Old 05-05-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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Anyone have some dividend paying stock ideas that are relatively cheap? I have been looking around but I don't see much worth buying
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Definitely!

I live in Canada so the big thing up here is Trusts, which pay consistent monthly cash distributions. There are tons of energy trusts that are currently paying 8% and above. I even have one that's paying 11% and higher.
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Calgary Girl;
Some of my friends invest in these, too. Their tax treatment is odd, if I remember correctly, because some of the dividend is considered return of principal, too?

One friend is trying to raise money for a hedge fund for these now. He noted that as pipelines charging rent, their prices do not seem to move in step with energy prices. There are also some mutual funds who are now investing in these trusts -- WSJ had a piece on them about a month ago.

Curious if thre are others out there who have looked deeply into these instruments.
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Some of my friends invest in these, too.* Their tax treatment is odd, if I remember correctly, because some of the dividend is considered return of principal, too?

Curious if thre are others out there who have looked deeply into these instruments.
Here's some background info on Income Trusts that I found:

"Sometimes income is the way to go. Even if fixed income securities are not the best performing asset, an income component belongs in virtually every portfolio. Income trusts are one way to do that.

An income trust is an equitized income product, where an equity portfolio is constructed to provide safety of principal and regular fixed income, just like a bond. The kicker is that most of the income is taxed as a capital gain.

Investment trusts burst onto the Canadian investment scene in the mid-1990s. The consistent characteristic of these trusts has been to attempt to generate a high level of tax-efficient income.

The first wave of these investments was royalty trusts, which tended to focus on the oil and gas and other natural resource sectors. More recently, the focus has moved to income trusts. These are designed to provide a high level of tax-efficient income. Most of them generate income using a covered call writing strategy.

Income trusts typically hire a portfolio manager to hold a basket of stocks and sell call options on them. The call options put a cap on how much the stock portfolio can rise but the call premiums also provide income. The portfolio manager decides at what price each call premium definitely in the hand is better than the far-from-definite potential rise in the stock's price beyond that cap.

The end result is a product that pays a fixed, monthly income and that has some limited potential for capital gains. As an added bonus, the monthly income is taxed primarily as a capital gain because that's how options premium income is taxed. The after-tax return, then, can be quite attractive.

Is the income stream safe? What is, in this life? But the typical income trust seeks to generate 8.5% to 9% in income annually, distributed monthly."




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Finally, a topic that has brought me out of lurking mode.

I am 1.5 years from FIRE and am aligning my finances differently than the 4% WR that most here are doing.

I would love feedback if any, if the plan is missing elements that I have not thought of.

I am aligning myself with 25-30% income trusts that are S&P rated SR-1 (highest) with a 10yr history of greater than 8% dividends (paid monthly)

The remaing 70% are Mergent's High Dividend Achivers for Canada that consistently increase yield year by year by 10% or better. The companies are A+ rating only and provide a current yield of > 3%. If history continues, the value of shares and its paid dividends will double in 5-7 years, every 5-7 years.

I will live off the dividends only and never touch the principle. I will not care if the market has a bad year or not, as I will not worry about the share NAV price, but only that they keeps paying dividends.

The U.S. has a 100 yr history of such companys that consistantly pay dividends, every year, through wars, depression etc, so I am sure someone is using this route on this board.

Ideas, opinions are greatly encouraged.

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greeny:

Are you building in annual increases in dividend income to account for inflation? If not, you'll soon stumble onto the falicy of "living off the interest/dividends and not touching the principal."

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Are you building in annual increases in dividend income to account for inflation?* If not, you'll soon stumble onto the falicy of "living off the interest/dividends and not touching the principal."

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It's not a fallacy, We intend to do it. Requires some thinking.
In our case we can cope with expected setbacks by cutting back.
Plus, although I don't have a very well thought out CD or bond ladder,
we do have a nicely spaced Social Security benefits ladder

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Hello greeny. I don't own any div. paying stocks presently, but I
think your plan is just fine. Watch out for that old bugbear
inflation though.

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Hi Greeny!

Have you read Derek Foster's book? He's 36 and retired at 35 using the strategy that you described. His book is titled "Stop Working! Here's How You Can - Using the Strategy of Canada's Youngest Retiree".

As for others' comments regarding inflation, my experience with income trusts has been that the cash distributions increase over time so inflation it appears is not much of an issue. I have one income trust that has increased its cash distributions by 21% over a 4 year period. In addition, the underlying price of the trust has increased by 70% compared to what I bought it for in 2001
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Early this year there were RE discussions of dividend paying stocks - when I looked, I noticed that many of the stocks were priced at all time highs which convinced me not to go there.* Then I read that Pfizer was priced at a 7 year low, so, I thought "this is my kind of opportunity".*

In Feb I bought 1000 shares below $25 through a DRIP.* It is now just below $28 and has announced a 0.19/share quarterly dividend.* So it has been up about 12%+ in under 3 months.* All time high was $50 in early 1999 so I am continuing to invest monthly.* I think that there is still some headroom with Pfizer.*

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Pfizer, Inc.

Rank 59. Ten yr. div. growth 15.48%. 35 yrs of div growth.

2003 ed. Mergent's Dividend Achievers. At $45 a pop for the summer ed. - I'm down to ordering once every two years.

Two file cabinet's, 56 DRIPs. Putzing since about 1989. Heavy putzing since ER - 1993.

Sans mimi Roth conversions - 40% of taxable income in ER.

SS this year may change that.

I own Lilly and Glaxo - bought circa 1994. Looking at Pfzer and Merck.
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BTY - the single biggest trap I personally fell into was looking at current yield when buying dividend stocks/funds. In 1993 - I bought Gabelli closed end Convertible Bond(GCV) - about 12 - 16% depending on look back yr. and discount to NAV.

I was able to let div.s reinvest and get 16% based on $ put in - but LT it ran around 8%. Had I needed to take money out - I would have really got hosed inflation wise.

In contrast went in Lilly(circa 1994) at 4% - divs grew 8% over ten years and hope to grow in future - a better deal ala inflation.
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Unclemick -

Not to say run out and buy or anything but Merck has a very good vaccine in the works & it is very likely to be approved. HPV is the most common STD and can lead to cervical cancer. Merck has developed a vaccine and there is a very good chance it will be administered to every female b/c it is so common. They should make good money off the vaccine in the US & my doctor friend told me they may try it on males (also common carriers) as well. Again I hate to reco stocks based on a promising drug or vaccine but I thought I would share what I know.
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Early this year there were RE discussions of dividend paying stocks - when I looked, I noticed that many of the stocks were priced at all time highs which convinced me not to go there.* Then I read that Pfizer was priced at a 7 year low, so, I thought "this is my kind of opportunity".*

In Feb I bought 1000 shares below $25 through a DRIP.* It is now just below $28 and has announced a 0.19/share quarterly dividend.* So it has been up about 12%+ in under 3 months.* All time high was $50 in early 1999 so I am continuing to invest monthly.* I think that there is still some headroom with Pfizer.*

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Pfizer looks like a pretty good bet.* It's been beaten down for some time now.* Buying it at these prices will give a pretty good yield.
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Gosh the pharm industry is changing and it is a tough call to me. Is it priced into the stocks I guess is the question?
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Or you can take the lazy route.

Vanguard Wellesley; pays your 4% SWR in dividends and historically the gains have exceeded inflation. Under .20% management fee for admiral shares. High dividend stocks and bonds. If you just like the equities, the equity income fund uses the same value/high dividend stock picking schemes, costs are similar, yield is lower. Or wellington for something in the middle.
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Wellesly, or whatever is available to me when I retire that is similar, is looking like a better route every day. I just hope this site is still running 14 years from now so I can get advice then!
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Well lets see, wellington has been around since 1928 and wellesley has been there since 1970.

I'm betting they're still around 74 years from now. Common targets for "old money"; you put it in wellington when you're accumulating and move it to wellesley when you retire. Or split your money 50/50 between them and fahgetabouddit.
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