Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Preferred Stock IPOs, January 2016

There were five new preferred stocks introduced during January 2016. Two of the new issues offer double investment-grade ratings (Moody’s and S&P). Four of the five new preferreds are still trading on the Over-The-Counter wholesale stock exchange and offer Qualified Dividend Income for favorable dividend tax treatment. And all are trading within one dividend of their $25 par values...

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Preferred Stock Vs. Common Stock Performance For 2015

The common stock market, as reflected by the S&P 500 Index, was unable to gain traction last year. While the overall value of common stocks lost 0.7 percent during 2015, the value of high quality preferred stocks increased by 0.6 percent. Common stock dividends offered an average of 2.05 percent in dividend yield to shareholders, while high quality preferred stocks offered an average of 6.6 percent...

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Quick Money for the New Year: Twelve High Quality Preferred Stocks Paying December Dividends

Of the 29 high quality preferred stocks trading today, twelve are trading within one quarter’s dividend of their $25 par value and are scheduled to reach their next ex-dividend date in December. Those holding shares when these twelve high quality preferreds reach their December ex-dividend dates will receive the entire upcoming quarterly dividend payment, regardless of how many days you have actually owned the shares...

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hidden Risks Of Tax-Advantaged Preferred Stocks

There are seven tax-advantaged preferred stocks that offer cumulative dividends, investment-grade ratings and a non-zero trading volume with at least one year of call protection. But tax-advantaged preferred stocks offer a lower coupon rate than their non-tax advantaged peers to begin with, eliminating much, if not all, of the tax savings. And today's tax-advantaged preferred stocks, with their lower coupon rates, are highly unlikely to be redeemed by their issuers, so the principal invested by today's buyers may not be returned. The tax savings from tax-advantaged preferred stocks may not be enough to outweigh the lower after-tax income and lower risk to principal offered by their non-tax-advantaged peers...

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Preferred Stock Market Q3 2015: Investment Grade Preferred Stocks Available Below $25

There are currently 56 investment grade preferred stocks selling for a market price below $25, providing an average current yield of 5.7 percent.

Unrated preferred stock shares were much more sensitive to interest rate speculation during September than those shares offering a Moody’s rating. While overall preferred stock prices fell by an average $0.18 per share throughout Q3, those holding Moody’s-rated preferreds actually saw an increase in the value of their shares. Moody’s-rated preferred stock prices increased to $25.35, up by $0.32 per share since the end of June...

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Preferred Stock: Less Volatility, Better Principal Protection, Higher Returns At Lower Risk

Preferred stock shares demonstrated about one-fifth of the price volatility throughout August as their common stock cousins. Where common stocks have lost over three percent of their value this year, high quality preferred stock prices have held their value. Also, high quality preferred stocks have offered almost double the dividend yield as the same company’s common stock shares throughout 2015...

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Alexandria Real Estate Preferred Stock Buyers Earning Twice The Return Of Common Shares

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., specializing in commercial buildings for life science tenants, boasts a 97 percent occupancy rate in North America, and closed Q2 with solid financial metrics. This $10 billion company (market cap) offers its common shareholders a $0.77 per share annual dividend, returning a current yield of 3.2 percent. Alexandria's ARE-E preferred stock, on the other hand, offers investment-grade ratings and cumulative dividends, with a current yield of 6.25 percent - almost twice the return at substantially less risk.

But the company faces cash challenges; collecting about $1 billion in cash per year, ARE only has $68 million in the bank as of June 30, 2015...

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