Tim Plaehn

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The big three airlines in the U.S. will feel the pain from the France fallout, includingUnited Continental (NYSE: UAL), American Airlines (NYSE: AAL) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL).
Sell These 3 Popular Dividend Stocks
Sun, 2015-11-29 19:08
By Tim Plaehn


When Congress names a department and/or passes an “act,” it generally does the opposite of what it’s named.
Congress Has New Bill That May Affect Your Nest Egg: Here’s What To Know
Wed, 2015-11-25 07:01
By Tim Plaehn

by Dennis miller There’s a new bill that just passed the house that may detrimentally affect your nest egg. See what noted retirement expert Dennis Miller has to say about how you can protect yourself from the government’s abuse. 

Out of the large cap group, Essex Property Trust Inc (NYSE: ESS) has grown its market value by 50% over the last two years, from $10 billion to over $15 billion.
3 Dividend Growing REITs With Long-Term Possibilities
Wed, 2015-11-25 06:53
By Tim Plaehn

They are part of a REIT subsector experiencing a wave of intense growth throughout the entire United States, and Tim Plaehn’s analysis reveals that these three investing ideas could be a lucrative and safe way to make money in the long-term.

New Residential Investment Corp (NYSE: NRZ) is a mortgage REIT focused on investing in residential mortgage related assets.
Plaehn: Buy and Hold This Rock Solid High-Yield Stock Paying 14% a Year
Wed, 2015-11-11 06:00
By Tim Plaehn

Yielding a retirement-saving 14% with a rock solid business model and crystal clear cash flows, you may not find a better dividend paying stock in this market. And, as an added bonus this company’s profits will actually increase when the Fed hikes rates.

Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) is a mid-cap company that buys commercial aircraft and leases them to airlines around the world.
This Investing Strategy Will Beat the Market for 10 Years
Wed, 2015-11-04 06:00
By Tim Plaehn

It’s a sad truth that investors may be in for a decade of sub 5% annual market returns if they stick with their current strategies.

As I read Mr. Bernanke’s article, I became suspicious. Just what magic did he accomplish with his great “courage to act?”
Ben Bernanke Bankrupted Your Retirement
Wed, 2015-10-28 07:16
By Tim Plaehn


We can all learn some lessons from an overview of how Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE:MAIN) operates and pays investors.
Plaehn: Buy and Hold This Dividend Stock Forever
Tue, 2015-10-27 05:05
By Tim Plaehn

Paying fourteen dividends a year, yielding 7%, and having a four-year track record of superior dividend growth, this may just be the best income stock that exists. Tim Plaehn suggests it should be a core position in every investor’s portfolio.

When the government instituted the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) the game changed...
Retirees Beware: Here’s Why Cash May Be Your Safest Investment Right Now
Thu, 2015-10-22 06:14
By Tim Plaehn

by DENNIS MILLER The fairest tax of them all is the lottery. It is voluntary, it is not levied; you are not forced to buy a ticket. It is an adult choice.

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) is a large-cap ($31 billion market value) company that owns and operates 14 refineries located across the continental U.S.
Load up on These 4 Stocks Profiting from the Cheap Gas Revolution
Wed, 2015-10-21 05:27
By Tim Plaehn

There’s one small sub-sector of the energy complex that sees profits swing up as oil prices move down. It’s no surprise that 2015 has been a great year for these four companies and next year looks to be just as profitable.

W.P. Carey Inc (NYSE:WPC) has been a great long-term yield plus dividend growth story.
Three REIT's About to Plummet as Dividend Cuts Loom​
Mon, 2015-10-19 08:26
By Tim Plaehn

With cash flow growth slowing, these three REITs have a high risk of cutting their dividends in the near future. Dump these stocks now before they cut their dividend and their stock prices plummet.

Is business hopping at this venerable paint and coatings leader?
Pent-Up Demand Will Send These 3 Stocks to New Highs
Wed, 2015-10-14 08:55
By Tim Plaehn

By Rob Goldman The housing market is heating up, and there is plenty of pent-up demand that will continue to fuel this fire. Look for these three stocks, whose prices directly correlate with the housing market, to reach new highs.

LaSalle Hotel Properties (NYSE:LHO) increased its dividend rate by 20% in June 2015.
Plaehn: Buy These 3 REITs for Dividends and Growth
Tue, 2015-10-13 07:23
By Tim Plaehn

Business is booming, and they are printing money hand over fist right now. And the best part is that 90% of every dollar these companies make legally has to be paid to their shareholders.

If you live in Illinois you may already know this, but if not you should.
The Big Money Problem in Illinois - Explained
Thu, 2015-10-08 05:00
By Tim Plaehn

If you live in Illinois you may already know this, but if not you should.

For a much more speculative BDC play, take a look at TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp (NYSE:TPVG).
Plaehn: Don’t Overlook These 3 High-Yield Stocks
Tue, 2015-10-06 06:01
By Tim Plaehn

Keeping your money safe is paramount in a turbulent market. With yields of 8%, 10%, and a whopping 14% you can bank on these stocks to keep your portfolio healthy.

Could Trump and Clinton each have a hand in bringing stock prices lower over the last month?
Trump & Clinton: Causing the Market Sell Off?
Tue, 2015-10-06 05:44
By Tim Plaehn

One has a bombastic rhetoric and desire to speak his mind no matter the public opinion. The other is out for blood, taking the pharma industry to task recently. Could they each have a hand in bringing stock prices lower over the last month?

If you’re worried about what is happening in the stock market right now, you need to read this article.
Plaehn: This Is the Most Important Fact about the Market Right Now
Wed, 2015-09-30 07:31
By Tim Plaehn

2015 has not been a kind year to investors. The first six months were characterized by historically low volatility and almost nothing happening. Now, as we enter the second half of the year, the market could not be any more different.

Enviva Partners LP (NYSE:EVA) is ready to profit from a unique renewable energy niche.
Plaehn: Four High-Yield Stock IPO's to Watch
Tue, 2015-09-29 08:51
By Tim Plaehn

Investors looking for high dividend yields have a small universe of stocks to choose from, and that group shrinks even more when you weed out the duds. That is why any new IPOs in the sector provide great opportunity for new investment prospects.

The just-announced merger between Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE:SWAY) and Colony American Homes has the potential to form a top-performing REIT.
Plaehn: This High Profile REIT Merger is a Win-Win for Shareholders
Wed, 2015-09-23 07:07
By Tim Plaehn

The just-announced merger between Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust (NYSE:SWAY) and Colony American Homes has the potential to form a top-performing REIT.

Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE:BRX) is a $6.9 billion market cap company that owns grocery store anchored community and neighborhood shopping centers.
6 REITs Boosting Dividends in October
Wed, 2015-09-16 08:46
By Tim Plaehn

I maintain a database of about 140 REITs to track yields and dividend growth rates. I take this information and then search out those REITs that have histories of paying dividends and have increased their FFO enough to support a dividend increase.

That’s the truth. Human biology acts counter to your success at investing.
You’re Biologically Hardwired to Fail at Investing
Tue, 2015-09-15 08:02
By Tim Plaehn

That’s the truth. Human biology acts counter to your success at investing. But, is investing hopeless? Not even close. Tim Plaehn explains how you can beat your biology and succeed in the markets day in and day out by using strategy and logic.

During the 2008- 2009 stock market crash, I watched Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) fall to under $3.00 per share.
Plaehn: How the Market Works When Prices Get Ugly
Fri, 2015-09-11 07:56
By Tim Plaehn

At the end of May, the values of most of The Dividend Hunter recommendations were above the entry prices in effect when the stocks were first recommended. I was feeling pretty good at that time.

Currently, the energy sector is in a serious bear market.
A Bold Prediction: This Sector Will Return 40% in One Year
Wed, 2015-09-09 07:51
By Tim Plaehn

On one recent Sunday business show, I caught an interview with Allianz chief economic adviser Mohamed El-Erian. He said a couple of things that really caught my attention.

With high yield stocks there is a tendency for the investing public to buy before a stock goes ex-dividend to earn the high payout.
Plaehn: Making Quick Profits from Dividend Stock Swing Trades
Tue, 2015-09-01 06:21
By Tim Plaehn

I want to provide an outline of one of the strategies I use to find short term, dividend driven trading opportunities. I refer to it as my dividend swing strategy.

The GEO Group Inc (NYSE:GEO) owns, manages, and operates prison and other detention facilities.
How Dividend Investors Can Profit in any Market Conditions
Mon, 2015-08-31 09:04
By Tim Plaehn

When the entire stock market drops as quickly as it did last week, investors are more worried with just keeping their money instead of growing it. But, dividend investors have a unique advantage over other equity investors for profiting during troubling market conditions.

At or near the top of my list to accumulate now is the InfraCap MLP ETF (NYSE:AMZA).
Plaehn’s Only Safe Haven in a Bear Market
Wed, 2015-08-26 07:28
By Tim Plaehn

Every 50 cent drop in the price of crude oil seems to knock another 2% off share values. It hurts, but it is during market corrections and the deeper bear markets when dividend investors have an advantage over investors whose primary focus is capital gains.

If you are an income investor, you will probably soon run across a new, 10% yield REIT, Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. (NASDAQ:CSAL).
Plaehn: This REIT Is Too Good to Be True
Tue, 2015-08-25 07:52
By Tim Plaehn

With a recent April 2015 IPO, this new high-yield dividend stock is making an exciting entrance into the market. With a 10% yield and an enthusiastic management team with visions of high growth, is this stock too good to be true, or is it just blowing hot air?

If you live anywhere in the Midwest, you are probably experiencing gasoline sticker shock.
Three Refining Stocks on the Cusp of Reporting Record Profits
Wed, 2015-08-19 07:28
By Tim Plaehn

If you live anywhere in the Midwest, you are probably experiencing gasoline sticker shock. While the price of crude keeps dropping, drivers in Middle America are not getting any benefit from lower gas prices due to lower crude oil prices.

The Westin Tokyo Hotel is one of Starwood’s key properties…
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT): Why This REIT is a Step Above the Competition
Wed, 2015-08-12 07:52
By Tim Plaehn

During the three weeks or so of each quarterly earnings season, I either listen to or read the transcripts of 100+ earnings conference calls. The calls can be invaluable to learn about management team goals, plans, and how well those plans are working out.

At this point, I am recommending that if you own LNCO or LINN shares to continue holding.
Uncover the Future of Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINE)
Tue, 2015-08-11 09:08
By Tim Plaehn

As its free-fall has plateaued, Tim Plaehn investigates why there is still merit in this beaten down stock. It trades at an undeservingly low valuation and, although decidedly risky, Linn has the potential to return to former highs.

With the leading ETF of this sector down 30% since its peak, brave and savvy investors can step in and scoop of quality stocks at rock-bottom prices and profit from the eventual recovery.
Plaehn: Finding Profit Opportunities in this Oversold Sector
Wed, 2015-08-05 09:03
By Tim Plaehn

The majority of stock market participants focus on short-term news and events. That can easily be proven by looking at the 52-week high and low stock prices of any company with a stable business.

One type of mortgage REIT is dangerous to your wealth, even though it may sport a 10% or higher dividend rate.
Plaehn: Sell This Dangerous REIT You Might Already Hold
Tue, 2015-08-04 08:03
By Tim Plaehn

Within a sub-sector of all REITs lies a seemingly attractive group of equities that offer high dividend yields around 10%, but the real story about the safety of those dividends is much different.

Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) is an energy infrastructure company that is almost entirely focused on natural gas services.
Plaehn: This Energy Acquisition Candidate is a Buy
Thu, 2015-07-23 08:55
By Tim Plaehn

The price of WTI crude has dropped from the low $60’s to around $50 in just a couple of weeks.

The Village at the Arboretum is one of Ventas REIT’s properties… (SeniorLiving.Org)
Two Outstanding High-Yield Stocks On Sale Today
Mon, 2015-07-20 07:42
By Tim Plaehn

In the short-term the market doesn’t know crap! Despite revealing important news that shows their business prospects are actually improving, irrational fear has driven these stocks to oversold territory.

Summit Hotel Properties Inc (NYSE:INN), whose property is pictured, last announced a dividend increase on August 1, 2014...
Buy These Four REITs that are Raising Dividends in August
Wed, 2015-07-15 09:57
By Tim Plaehn

After a couple of months with no dividend news, it’s time to return to my monthly list of REITs that should announce dividend increases next month – that’s August 2015.

Over just the last two weeks, the Macquarie Infrastructure Corp (NYSE:MIC) share price has dropped by 7.5%.
The Dividend Hunter: Your Portfolio Needs this Dividend Growth Stock
Mon, 2015-07-13 09:08
By Tim Plaehn

Having increased its dividend payout each quarter in the last year, this dividend growth champion now yields 14% more than it did 12 months ago.

New Residential invests primarily in the mortgage servicing rights niche of the residential mortgage business.
REIT: Why Plaehn is Bullish on New Residential Investment Corp. (NYSE:NRZ)
Mon, 2015-07-06 07:47
By Tim Plaehn

I first recommended New Residential Investment Corp.

Sunoco Logistics is a midstream master limited partnership (MLP) that owns crude oil and refined products pipelines, energy products storage facilities, and loading/unloading terminals.
Why Sunoco Logistics Partners LP (NYSE:SXL) Could Be the Best Stock Tip You’ll Get All Year
Wed, 2015-06-24 08:54
By Tim Plaehn

How much attention would you pay to an investment theme that had a very good probability of generating 20% to 25% annual total returns for the next half decade or longer.

Summit Hotels launched with a February 2011 IPO.
Lodging REITs: Here’s the Summer’s Top Choice
Thu, 2015-06-18 11:26
By Tim Plaehn

Hotel/lodging REIT, Summit Hotel Properties, Inc (NYSE:INN) is poised to start rapidly increasing its dividend rate. On that expectation, I have recently added Summit to our recommendations list. Background

Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP) could be ripe for a takeover offer from an energy midstream company looking to add quality assets and a historically successful midstream operation.
Targa Resources Corp. (NYSE:TRGP) is Likely Acquisition Target
Tue, 2015-06-16 07:35
By Tim Plaehn

The steep declines in the energy commodity prices have led to speculation about mergers or acquisitions in the sector.

The Hallmark of Chicago is a senior living facility in Ventas' portfolio...
Will Summer Months Place Further Pressure on REITs?
Tue, 2015-06-09 07:38
By Tim Plaehn

The REIT market has been a little shaky for the past few months, and I think that a further drop in share values is possible over the next three summer months.

Launched in October 2014, the InfraCap MLP ETF (NYSE:AMZA) is just now getting its position in the market solidified.
Why The Dividend Hunter Recommends InfraCap MLP ETF (NYSEArca:AMZA)
Thu, 2015-05-28 07:38
By Tim Plaehn

Note: the following write-up is from a recent issue of The Dividend Hunter, a leading investment advisory news

Since the start of the year, watching the so-called experts on the financial news channels try to predict the price of oil has been amusing.
What No One Is Telling Investors About Energy Markets
Wed, 2015-05-27 09:26
By Tim Plaehn

Since the start of the year, watching the so-called experts on the financial news channels try to predict the price of oil has been amusing. Mostly because they have been comically inaccurate. This is how I remember some of the conversations.

In August of last year, Kinder Morgan announced it would merge or “roll up” the two MLPs it controlled into Kinder Morgan, Inc.
Two Growing Energy Behemoths to Buy Now
Tue, 2015-05-26 07:31
By Tim Plaehn

This article is directed at two kinds of investors. In one corner, we have the former Kinder Morgan Energy Partners unit holders, who are extremely upset at the Kinder Morgan roll up and their very large tax bills.

Since these three companies will start making more money once the Fed raises rates, adding them to your portfolio should be a no-brainer.
Fed Interest Rate Increase is Coming – What Three Stocks do Investors Need to Buy Before it Occurs?
Fri, 2015-05-22 08:01
By Tim Plaehn

Since these three companies will start making more money once the Fed raises rates, adding them to your portfolio should be a no-brainer.

A quality investment newsletter will pay for itself many times over with investment ideas that produce profits or keep you from experiencing large losses.
Opinion: Why Traditional Financial Newsletters May Provide Best Deal on Investment Advice
Thu, 2015-05-21 06:22
By Tim Plaehn

In today’s society, consumers never lack for choice when it comes to finding services to help manage their investments. Some are better deals than others, and some should be outright avoided. So, are you sure that you’re getting the best deal out there?

Targa Resources Partners LP (NYSE:NGLS) is one MLP consolidation play highlighted below...
Two Buy Ideas that Take Advantage of MLP Reconsolidation
Mon, 2015-05-18 08:04
By Tim Plaehn


Host Hotels and Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HST) is down close to 20% from its high and yields 4%.
Five High Quality, Bargain-Priced REITS include Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST)
Fri, 2015-05-15 08:21
By Tim Plaehn

Ever since the January high, REITs have been slowly shedding value, and some great bargains have appeared as of late. Take advantage, as now is the best time to buy shares in these five high-quality REITs that are still boosting their dividends every year.

Coupons.com trades at a high valuation and isn’t generating any earnings.
Top Five Stocks to Avoid This Earnings Season Includes Coupons.com Incorporated (NYSE:COUP)
Mon, 2015-05-04 07:28
By Tim Plaehn

This article was written by Investors Alley contributor Marshall Hargrave who is the managing partner of Bridgewater Investments LLC.

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, LP (Nasdaq:EROC) is an upstream MLP with a current unit price of $2.40 and an 11.6% yield.
3 High-Yielders Under $10 Yielding 10%+ Includes Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:EROC)
Fri, 2015-04-17 08:05
By Tim Plaehn

There is a lot of appeal for low priced stocks to individual investors. Just from a feel good point of view, it can be more satisfying to buy 500 shares of a $10 stock than 66 shares of a $75 per share stock, even if your outlay is pretty much the same.

Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE: PSXP) was spun-off by refinery giant Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) with a July 2013 IPO.
Up to 40% Gains from Two Dividend-Growth Stocks in One of the Newest Energy Plays
Wed, 2014-10-29 10:00
By Tim Plaehn

The financial news networks generally spend all day talking about day-to-day events, moves this way and that. And every up or down day has big meaning if you have to talk about it for a living.

Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE: HCN) has a market cap of $21.4 billion and currently yields 4.6%.
Three High-Yield Stocks for Market Volatility
Wed, 2014-10-29 09:50
By Tim Plaehn

Recent market volatility has spooked individual investors. And with good reason, too as the past couple of years have been reasonably volatility-free.

Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) owns commercial airliners and leases them out to airlines around the world.
Three Dividend Stocks to Buy When the Market Corrects
Fri, 2014-10-17 08:11
By Tim Plaehn

This past week, investors got a taste of what may be the early signs of a true market correction, defined as a drop in the major market indexes of at least 10%.

Tim Plaehn provides a detailed step-by-step trading plan for Midcoast Energy Partners LP (NYSE:MEP)...
The Guide to Trading Midcoast Energy Partners LP (NYSE:MEP)
Fri, 2014-10-10 08:00
By Tim Plaehn

Midcoast Energy Partners LP (NYSE: MEP) was spun off with a November 2013 IPO by Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE: EEP), which is controlled by Canadian pipeline company Enbridge, Inc. (NYSE: ENB).

Tim Plaehn is becoming increasingly convinced that monthly dividends are being used some of the more lazy management teams as a way to avoid actual dividend growth for investors.
Think Twice Before Buying Monthly Dividend Stocks
Thu, 2014-10-02 09:04
By Tim Plaehn

Monthly dividend payments have a tremendous appeal to income investors. After all, our bills come monthly so why shouldn't our investment income.

TICC Capital Corp. (Nasdaq: TICC) is just one Business Development Company (BDC) to consider...
How to Achieve Double Digit Dividend Stock Profits Using a Simple Swing Trade Strategy
Thu, 2014-09-25 04:42
By Tim Plaehn

Income investors who have discovered the small sector of Business Development Companies (BDC) know that many of these stocks pay steady dividends with very attractive yields.

MLPs operate and/or own oil and gas wells, coal mines, pipelines, storage and processing terminals, refineries and support operations or supplies for these businesses.
Why Should Your Portfolio Contain MLP's?
Thu, 2014-09-25 04:31
By Tim Plaehn

Investors tend to be initially attracted to master limited partnerships (MLPs) because of their high yields. They also understand the nature of the business for the majority of MLPs: exploration, development, production, and transportation of fossil fuel energy.

Dividends can often make up a dominant portion of a stock’s total return over time.
New Dividend Portfolio Is Amassing Impressive Total Returns
Wed, 2014-08-20 16:47
By Tim Plaehn

Recently, some of our WallStMavens have been extolling the virtues of dividend-paying stocks. And as well they should.