John Kingham

Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?
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Is BT’s chunky dividend yield a good enough reason to buy?

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If you wanted to invest in a safe and stable company with the aim of receiving a reliable dividend today, plus good prospects for dividend growth tomorrow, an obvious choice would be BT (LON:BT.A). From a dividend investor’s point of view, what’s not to like? The company has paid a dividend every year since 1985…

Centrica is priced for energy armageddon

Centrica is priced for energy armageddon

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Most of the time, when you’re looking for very high yield stocks you end up finding companies which are either small, young or highly cyclical. Sometimes though, you’ll find the exact opposite, and that’s what we have today with Centrica. It’s a large, mature business operating in what should be a very defensive sector, and…

4 high-growth dividend champions

4 high-growth dividend champions

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Over the last few months I’ve mostly written about high yield stocks and the occasional high-profile disaster. That sort of thing isn’t to everyone’s taste, so this month I’ll be looking at something completely different. More specifically, I’ll be looking at four high growth “dividend champions”, companies that have grown quickly whilst raising their dividend…

Can a 15% dividend yield ever be sustainable?

Can a 15% dividend yield ever be sustainable?

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Very few stocks ever have a dividend yield of 15% or more, and if they do then the dividend has probably already been cut or suspended. For example, if I sort my watch list of dividend-paying stocks by yield, I get Provident Financial and Capita at the top, with yields of 20% and 17% respectively.…

Who will be the next Carillion?

Who will be the next Carillion?

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For many dividend investors, the demise of Carillion was a disaster. Not only did their portfolios lose an important source of income, they also saw a permanent loss of capital. It’s easy to see what went wrong with hindsight, and in the August 2017 issue of Master Investor I wrote about some of the key…

Is Buffett right to choose Coca Cola over Microsoft?

Is Buffett right to choose Coca Cola over Microsoft?

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As a UK investor I am mostly interested in UK stocks. However, Master Investor’s focus last month on the US prompted me to look across the pond. Specifically, I wanted to see how some of the biggest and safest dividend payers in the US stacked up as long-term dividend investments. To be honest, I wasn’t…

Unearthing bargains among high-yield stocks

Unearthing bargains among high-yield stocks

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Every now and then I like to take a look at the highest yielding stocks in the market. Not to buy them of course, because the dividend yield on its own is a crude tool at the best of times. Instead, I’m interested in finding out which companies have crashed and burned, and what lessons…

Bag a premium income from the insurance majors

Bag a premium income from the insurance majors

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As dividend stocks go, life insurance companies have a mixed track record. On the one hand, they operate in a sector which is relatively immune to the economic cycle (people don’t typically cancel their life insurance just because there’s a recession). On the other hand, dividend cuts are fairly common within the sector, despite its…

What you need to know to avoid the next Carillion

What you need to know to avoid the next Carillion

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Following its demerger from Tarmac Group in 1999, Carillion has given its shareholders fantastic returns year after year. Perhaps the best example of this is its dividend, which grew every single year, going from 2.7p in 1999 to 18.4p in 2016. That’s equivalent to a growth rate of 12% per year, every year, for 17…