dividend investing

5 Companies Slashing Their Dividends

Investors love earning dividends, and over the past year, thousands of companies have rewarded shareholders with boosted payouts. But lately, some companies have been cutting back on or eliminating dividends altogether. Here's a look at five that made this unpopular move, and why.

How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Saved Dividend Stocks

In recent years, with low interest rates devastating the returns on conservative investment options, income-hungry investors have turned more and more to dividend stocks. And had there not been a fiscal cliff deal, even that last refuge for income investors could have disappeared.

13 Dividend Stocks for a Richer 2013

One smart way to get both growth potential and dependable income from your investments is to buy dividend stocks, which generally have outperformed non-dividend counterparts over the long haul. As 2013 begins, we offer these 13 stocks for your consideration.

One Share of Stock Now Worth $9.8 Million: Is It Really Possible?

If your grandfather had bought just one $40 share of Coca-Cola stock back in 1919, held it, and reinvested the dividends, it would be worth $9.8 million today. That's quite a fizzy rate of return. Which led us to wonder: Could an investor today ever replicate that result?

3 Easy Ways to Get Great Dividends

Investments that generate income, have the potential for strong growth, and offer protection against stock market downturns: That compelling combination of attributes has made dividend stocks so popular with investors these days. To make the most of it, some investors are turning to ETFs.

5 Dividend Stocks You Can Rely on in a Slow Economy

Companies with strong balance sheets and high dividends will be among the few safe investment harbors if the economy continues to cool -- and given today's conditions, it's hard to imagine how the recent stock market rally could last much longer. Here are five dividend stocks that should keep paying strong returns.

Five Dividend Payers to Save Your Portfolio

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Motley Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer decided to twist that nugget of wisdom a bit and look at what did work in past and figure out how we can repeat it. Doing so, he found five dividend payers that fit the bill today.

Why P&G Is a Great Stock to Hold Into Retirement

If you're nearing retirement, Procter & Gamble might be a good addition to your stock portfolio. Its personal care focus, its history of creating new products, its near 50% dividend payout and its strong cash flow give it a stable outlook and make it a compelling choice for those looking to buy and hold.

10 Highest Dividend Stocks of the S&P

The S&P 500 is one of the most followed stock market index in the world. Mutual fund managers benchmark their returns against it, yet somehow the vast majority underperform the index every year. Many dividend investors choose to ignore the index, and instead focus on its components.

10 Rules of the Most Successful Amateur Investors

It's well known that 80% of professional fund managers underperform the market -- so how can an amateur investor like you hope to succeed? Matthew Schifrin, the investing editor of Forbes magazine, hunted down 10 of the best-performing amateur investors over the past decade and asked them for their investing secrets.

IBM Authorizes $10 Billion Share Repurchase

It was a busy morning at IBM. The computer giant's board of directors authorized an additional $10 billion for the company's stock repurchase program and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 65 cents.

McDonald's Raises Dividend to 61 Cents a Share

McDonald%u2019s (MCD) declared a quarterly cash dividend of 61 cents a share, an 11 % increase over the previous quarterly dividend. This brings the fourth quarter dividend payout to about $650 million, McDonald%u2019s said in a statement.

Microsoft Ups Dividend, Plans to Sell Debt

Microsoft (MSFT) upped its quarterly dividend to 16 cents a share from 13 cents a share, an increase of 23%. The new dividend represents an annual dividend yield of 2.5%, TheStreet reported. Microsoft had not raised its dividend in two years.

Stocks vs. Bonds: What's Better in a Rocky Market?

Interest rates are falling for Treasury bonds, beloved for their safety and steady payout. The stock market is wobbling, and equity prices may fall further if the economy continues to weaken. What's an investor supposed to do now?