Weekend Reading – More dividend increases edition
Welcome to a new Weekend Reading edition: my more dividend increases edition.
First up, a few recent articles in case you missed them!
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Weekend Reading – More dividend increases edition
Ah yes, my love of dividends. Let me count thy ways!
First up, I wanted to highlight my latest monthly dividend income update below:
I would like to think thanks to my diversified basket of dividend paying stocks, even with the market going lower and sideways, my income is going higher and higher with these recent dividend raises:
CNQ (Canadian Natural Resources)
The Calgary, Alberta-based company raised its quarterly dividend to 85 Canadian cents, as energy companies focus on returning the excess profit to shareholders. With this, the company has raised its quarterly dividend twice so far this year for a total combined increase of 45% to C$3.40 per share annually.
SLF (Sun Life Financial)
This company announced this week that a dividend of $0.72 per share on the common shares of the Company has been declared, payable December 30, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 23, 2022. This represents a 3 cent increase to the amount paid in the previous quarter.
WCN (Waste Connections)
And, finally just for this week (!), the regular quarterly cash dividend for WCN increases to $0.255 U.S. per common share from $0.23 U.S. per common share, paid on December 1, 2022 to shareholders of record on the close of business on November 16, 2022. That’s almost an 11% increase.
From their release this week:
“Importantly, our significant, ongoing broadband network investments further enable the continued advancement of our financial and operational performance, strengthening our confidence in the robust outlook for our business, and the long-term sustainability of our industry-leading dividend growth program. The 7.2 per cent year-over-year dividend increase announced today represents the twenty-third increase since we initiated our multi-year dividend growth program in 2011, with our program now in its twelfth year and recently extended through 2025. Since 2004, TELUS has returned more than $22 billion to shareholders, including over $17 billion in dividends and more than $5 billion in share purchases, representing approximately $16 per share.”
After all this goodness, why not dividends???
Well, there is definitely something beautiful about seeing money earned from your investments come into your account, and then seeing that money buy more investments, every month, every quarter and every year.
Raises like the ones above can help you keep some essential emotional investing discipline as well…
One of the best financial books I’ve read, The Investor’s Manifesto by William Bernstein, talked about the attributes of a successful investor:
- They must possess an interest in the process,
- They need more than a bit of math horsepower, far beyond simple arithmetic ,
- They need a firm grasp of financial history, and
- They need “the emotional discipline to execute their planned strategy faithfully, come hell, high water, or the apparent end of capitalism as we know it.”
With that inspiration, here are a few reasons to consider dividend-paying stocks as part of your own investment strategy.
1. Dividends are less volatile than stock prices
Remember the financial crisis of 2008-09, when stocks plunged about 50 per cent from peak to trough?
Well, it could happen again.
But in most cases, companies kept paying dividends. Look at this year. Look above!
This highlights one of the main attractions of dividends: They’re a lot more stable than stock prices and therefore you can avoid market noise and day-to-day price fluctuations.
2. Dividends protect you from inflation
I like my “TULF” stocks – telecommunications, utilities, low-yielding stocks but higher growth stocks, and financials – because they tend to raise their dividends regularly. These income increases help protect me from the wealth-destroying effects of inflation.
3. Dividends get a tax break
Unlike interest income, which is taxed at one’s full marginal rate, dividends from publicly traded Canadian companies benefit from the dividend tax credit, which dramatically lowers the tax hit for investors.
4. Dividends help to preserve your capital
I know many aspiring retirees and retirees from the work I do at Cashflows & Portfolios.
Many people are simply reluctant to deplete their capital in retirement.
I get that.
The beauty of dividends from established dividend paying stocks is they are a gift that keeps giving: you can consider spending your dividend income every year knowing that you won’t have to touch the capital. Of course, selling off stocks is always an option for more income too!
5. Dividends deliver fantastic returns!
Studies have shown time and again, stocks with growing dividends post fantastic returns over the long run. See below!
I love dividends. I love dividend income.
But dividends from dividend stocks are not guaranteed. Companies can and do occasionally cut their dividends. Stock prices are never guaranteed to go up in the short-term. Stock prices can fall, drastically at times.
But then again, dividends play a key role in long-term returns and can be used to provide very meaningful income. Dividend-paying companies represent a significant portion of our Canadian stock market and for that reason, it makes great sense to consider owning them in your portfolio.
Have a great weekend counting your dividends too!
More Weekend Reading…
Unsure about any individual dividend stocks to own for income? No problem.
Dale Roberts wrote about owning some key ETFs for that:
“There are a few reasons to play defense. A retiree or near retiree can benefit from less volatility and a lesser drawdown in a bear market. If your portfolio goes down less than market, and there is a greater underlying yield, that lessens the sequence of returns risk. You have the need to sell fewer shares to create income. For those in the accumulation stage it may be easier to stay the course and manage your portfolio if it is less volatile. You can build your portfolio around defensive Canadian ETFs.”
On Cashflows & Portfolios we covered a few personal finance biases to be mindful of.
Loved the read from my friend GenY Money about her recent Maldives trip. On my list of destinations to hit!
Struggling to figure out what’s going on with all these Fed and central bank hikes? Consider this simple liquidity cycle:
Have a great weekend!