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Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

10 High-Yield Stocks That Won't Cut Their Dividends in 2018
Over the long run, high-yield dividend stocks have been the stocks to buy. Studies have shown that over time, they've outperformed both the broad market and lower-yielding dividend payers.

But from an individual stock-picking standpoint, a high yield isn't always a good thing. A dividend yield alone doesn't support a bull case. I detailed 10 yield traps back in June, and the 2017 performance of well-known, widely held issues like General Electric (GE) and Frontier Communications (FTR) shows what can go wrong when high-yield dividends are called into question.

So it's important to remember that chasing high yields means--to at least some extent--chasing risk. And it makes picking reasonably safe payouts even more important. An income investors whose stock cuts its distribution faces a double whammy. Income is reduced--halved in the case of GE--and the stock price usually comes down as well.

The 10 stocks here all look to avoid that outcome, at least in the near-term. All 10 offer yields over 4%--and payouts almost certain to stay intact through at least 2018. Again, that doesn't mean these stocks are without risk. But for investors looking to buy dividend stocks with high yields--and avoid the pain of a dividend cut--these stocks all are worth a long look.

SEE ALSO FROM KIPLINGER: 50 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2018 Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on Dec. 7. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.



Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

Charitable Giving Can Begin at Home with a Donor-Advised Fund
Parents and grandparents can launch the next generation of philanthropists by allowing kids to help decide where to donate money from a donor-advised fund.

Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

Earnings Calendar, Week of Dec. 18-22, 2017 (FDX, MU, BBBY)
Check out our weekly earnings calendar and read the latest quarterly earnings previews.

Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

Even Responsible Savers Make Retirement Mistakes
You've already done the hard work to stash away a nice nest egg for retirement. Don't blow it now. Here are four common missteps that people entering retirement should avoid.

Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

House Hunters: Learn from My Rookie Mistakes
When I bought my first home in my 20s, I had worked hard and saved for a down payment. But I didn't do all the homework a buyer should do. Looking back years later, here are seven financial tips for house hunters today.

Kiplinger
Dec 15, 2017

Will Disney (DIS) Ride Star Wars, Fox to All-Time Highs?
Disney stock looks like a promising buy on the back of Star Wars success, blockbuster deal to fold in Fox's entertainment assets.

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

How Much Are Those Old Baseball Cards Worth?
Depending on the year, condition and, of course, the player, some baseball cards could be worth thousands of dollars.

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

Is the 'Buy-And-Hold' Strategy Still Alive and Well?
It's a rule that investors have stood by forever. But if you're near retirement, it might not be right for you now. And the '4% rule'? Well, you may want to rethink that one, too!

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

Money-Saving Lessons From Star Wars


Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

Naughty or Nice: A Guide for Giving to Charity
Doing the most good with your donation starts with following your heart, and then doing your due diligence.

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

9 Personal Finance Lessons to Learn From Star Wars
December 15, 2017 marks the release of the eighth official movie in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. We will finally see what Luke Skywalker has been up to all these years and what is happening with new friends Rey, Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren.

Here at Kiplinger, we find personal-finance lessons in everything -- including blockbuster sci-fi movies. We'll be looking for savvy financial moves within The Last Jedi to add to this collection of money-saving tactics from the Star Wars franchise. With a slew of new Star Wars toys and must-have collectibles hitting the market, you may need these tips to offset those expenses.

Take a look. May the Force be with you - and your wallet.

SEE ALSO: Amazing New Technologies to Make America's Military Even Stronger

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

10 Blue-Chip Stocks Left Out of 2017's Rally
As far as market gains go, 2017 has been a very pleasant surprise. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index is on pace to end the year up 17%-18%, not just defying expectations, but decisively knocking down early assumptions from several professional market handicappers that a Donald Trump presidency would torpedo stocks.

However, not all equities hitched a ride on board the bullish train. Some of the market's most beloved blue-chip stocks have suspiciously moved against the grain, dishing out losses most shareholders weren't expecting, broad up-year or not.

Here's a deeper look at what went wrong for 10 key companies in 2017, and to what extent shareholders paid the price for those missteps. It's a little shocking to see how much ground some of these respected blue chips were able to lose in just a few months.

SEE ALSO: 32 Companies That Amazon Could Ruin

Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

10 Blue-Chip Stocks Left Out of the 2017 Rally


Kiplinger
Dec 14, 2017

10 Things Boomers Must Know About RMDs From IRAs


Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

9 IRS Audit Red Flags for Retirees
In 2016, the Internal Revenue Service audited only 0.70% of all individual tax returns. So the odds are generally pretty low that your return will be picked for review.

That said, your chances of being audited or otherwise hearing from the IRS escalate depending on various factors. Math errors may draw IRS inquiry, but they'll rarely lead to a full-blown exam. Check out these nine red flags that could increase the chances that the IRS will give the return of a retired taxpayer special, and probably unwelcome, attention.



Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

6 Dividend Growth Stocks to Stay Ahead of Rising Interest Rates
For years, America's low-interest-rate environment has pushed income hunters out of bonds and into other cash-producing investments - namely, dividend stocks. However, the Federal Reserve has been slowly turning the volume back up on interest rates, and is poised to do so again Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

If the Fed raises rates yet again, as it has telegraphed, it would mark the third increase to the Fed funds rate in 2017, and the fifth since the Federal Reserve started budging two years ago. The central banking system now targets a 1%-1.25% interest-rate level, up from 0%-0.25% as recently as 2015.

As interest rates rise, more income investors may be tempted to flee dividend-paying companies for the perceived safety of higher-yielding bonds. But you don't have to shift to debt - several dividend stocks should remain plenty competitive.

History has shown companies with a record of consistently raising their dividends can offset much of the negative effect of rising rates. Moreover, certain companies may be able to compound the benefits of an improving economy with their growing payouts. Here are six dividend growth stocks that should withstand the Fed's continued push on interest rates.

SEE ALSO: 50 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2018

Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

10 Losers That Will Be 2018's Best Stocks to Buy


Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

10 Preferred Stock Funds for Safe, Substantial Yields
Investors often must accept a bit more risk to get more income out of their investments - often, but not always. Preferred stocks are one of a handful of high-yield exceptions to that norm.

Preferred stocks are in the middle of a company's capital structure, below debts like secured loans and bonds, but above common stocks. They're a little like common stocks in that they represent ownership in the company, but they pay a fixed rate like a bond that typically yields more than common shares.

That's what makes preferreds so interesting - they're less risky than common stocks while also yielding a bit more than 5% on average, says Jay Jacobs, Director of Research for ETF provider Global X.

Preferred stocks aren't easy to buy on their own. But over the past decade, mutual fund, exchange-traded fund and closed-end fund providers have launched numerous products - with different structures, strategies and costs - that make owning a group of these high-yield stocks easy. But investors have a few things to consider as they jump into this high-yield asset.

For one, expenses are a tricky point in this space. While most common-stock index funds are in a pricing race to the bottom, preferred-stock index funds haven't been nearly as aggressive about cutting fees. 'In the passive space, where there's no intention to beat a benchmark, we still see a pretty wide dispersion in management fees,' Jacobs says, adding that investors should 'consider the fee disparities as they evaluate preferred ETFs.'

And passive index funds aren't necessarily the only place to hunt for preferred stocks. Active funds can be a source of outperformance, though often at a higher cost. 'Given that actively managed funds tend to be more expensive than passive ones, this ultimately means that active preferred funds have a high bar to clear to provide long-term value to their investors,' Jacobs says.

To help investors select a strategy that's right for them, here's a look at 11 preferred stock funds - most of which yield between 5% and 7%.

SEE ALSO: The Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans

Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

13 Worst Things to Buy During the Holidays
It's easy to get lost in the blizzard of sales that hits every holiday season. Retailers hope to blow you away with promises of the lowest of prices and deepest of discounts. And while it is indeed one of the most wonderful times of year for many bargain-seekers, you may want to check your shopping list (twice) before plowing through stores. 'Many people just assume Black Friday and before Christmas is the best time to buy everything, but it is not,' says Eric Jones, co-owner of deals site BestBlackFriday.com.

That's part of why it's a good idea to keep your holiday shopping in mind all year long. Since you pretty much know who will be on your list for gift giving, you can come up with ideas for them at any time of year and pick up their gifts when you find a good deal -- no matter when that might be. 'If shoppers are savvy enough, they can time their spending throughout the calendar year so they hit as many of these sale seasons as possible, which can lead to big savings,' says Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert at personal finance site NerdWallet.

SEE ALSO: Best Costco Kirkland Products to Buy for the Holidays Here are 13 items that shopping experts say you will be better off purchasing at other times of the year.



Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

3 Tax-Planning Mistakes Retirees Too Often Make
Tax-cutting strategies change once you retire, and some ideas that helped while you were working no longer apply once you start taking Social Security and RMDs. Don't make these three common mistakes.

Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

Adobe Systems (ADBE) May Keep Soaring in 2018
Adobe reports earnings after the market closes Thursday, and analysts expect the red-hot software company to maintain its winning ways.

Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

Gift Cards You Can Buy at a 10% Discount (or More)
Why pay full price for popular gift cards when warehouse clubs and discount websites sell them well below face value.

Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

Red Flags That Could Attract an Audit for Retirees


Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

Worst Things to Buy During the Holidays 2017


Kiplinger
Dec 13, 2017

The Wealthy's Best-Kept Secret to Financial Success
The marathon-long path to wealth isn't a glamorous one, and your success hinges on one simple word.

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

Self-Employed? Avoid These Audit Red Flags on Your Tax Return
Being in business for yourself can be exciting, lucrative - and a great way to draw the attention of the Internal Revenue Service's audit division. Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audited only 0.70% of all individual returns in 2016. But if you file a Schedule C to report profit or loss from a business, your odds of drawing additional IRS scrutiny go up.

Schedule C is a treasure trove of tax deductions for self-employed people. And it's also a gold mine for IRS agents, who know from experience that self-employed people sometimes claim excessive deductions and don't report all of their income. The IRS looks at both higher-grossing sole proprietorships and smaller ones. Special scrutiny is given to cash-intensive businesses (taxis, car washes, bars, hair salons, restaurants and the like) people with freelance service gigs through the sharing economy (think of Uber, Rover, Grubhub) and small-business owners whose Schedule C's report a substantial net loss.

Take a look at these eight filing scenarios that could attract unwanted IRS attention.

CALCULATOR: What's Your Risk of a Tax Audit?

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

Jobs Growth Reflects Good Economy, Hurricane Rebuilding
Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

Best Holiday Deals at Dollar Stores
You can pick up gifts, wrapping paper, holiday decor and other seasonal items on the cheap at dollar stores.

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

37 States That Won't Tax Your Social Security Benefits
Only 13 states will levy taxes on your monthly Social Security checks.

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

4 Telltale Signs You're Ready to Quit the Rat Race
How do you know when it's time for a change and that you're prepared to leave your comfort zone for a new outlook on life? Ask yourself these four questions. I did. I took the leap and never looked back.

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

7 Ways to Travel More in Retirement
Take advantage of one of the most valuable things that almost every retiree has in their arsenal: flexibility.

Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

7 Year-End Strategies That Can Help You Save On Taxes
In the novel David Copperfield, Charles Dickens called procrastination the 'thief of time.'

Procrastination also can cost you plenty of cold hard cash when it comes to your income taxes.

There are several strategies that can help you reduce your taxes this year and in the future -- but you must move quickly. You'll have to beat certain deadlines, or the opportunities will disappear.



Kiplinger
Dec 12, 2017

7 Year-End Strategies to Help You Save On Taxes


Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

8 Best Cheap Stocks to Buy Now Under $10


Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade
Investors are repeatedly nagged to remember that past performance is not indicative of future returns. It's for their own good, and it happens to be true. But that does not mean some of today's best stocks can't continue to put up outstanding returns in the years and even decades ahead. Good management, innovation and being in the right business at the right time can go a long way toward ensuring a company's long-term success.

It's impossible to know what the next 10 years will bring. Technologies that are unimaginable today will emerge, and new ones - like self-driving cars and humanoid robots - could become mainstream. Picking stocks set to benefit from such changes is not only hard, it's speculative. (That's a fancy word for 'risky.')

There's a better way to bet on the future. Rather than try to guess where the world is headed, take a cue from the more recent past. There's no shortage of current business trends that will take a long time to run their course. Companies that are winning now and also positioned to keep growing as markets expand and mature can be great ideas for the long-term. From a risk-reward perspective, you may find the best stocks to buy for the next 10 years by sticking to what's working today.

These 10 stock picks have the wherewithal to make the next decade as good as the past one.

SEE ALSO: The 18 Best Retirement Stocks for 2018

Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

10 Top Stock Picks for the Next Decade


Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

Gas Prices to Keep Declining
Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices

Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

Battle the Big 4 Retirement Risks With a Solid Income Plan
Putting your money in the right places and being smart about how you'll draw it down are the keys to defeating the top four retirement foes: taxes, inflation, stock downturns and legacy pitfalls.

Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

Earnings Calendar, Week of Dec. 11-15, 2017 (COST, ADBE, ORCL)
Check out our weekly earnings calendar and read the latest quarterly earnings previews.

Kiplinger
Dec 11, 2017

Iconic Estate Flops: What Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Prince Did Wrong
Even the biggest stars with the best legal help available have made some major mistakes. Here's what the rest of us can learn about our own wills and estate plans from their famous troubles.

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