Realty Income Dividend Increase

Realty Income

Realty Income Corp (O) announced a 0.25% increase in its cash dividend. The monthly cash dividend will increase from $0.1985 to $0.199 per share and payable on Apr 15, 2016 to shareholders on record as of Apr 01, 2016. This is Realty Income’s  second increase in 2016 after a raise in January 🙂

This is the 85th dividend increase from Realty Income since the company went public in 1994. The annual dividend rate goes up from $2.382 to $2.388. Yield going forward based on yesterday’s closing stock price is 3.93%.

From the press release statement:

“We are pleased that our Board of Directors has once again determined that we are able to increase the amount of the monthly dividend we pay to our shareholders,” said John P. Case, Chief Executive Officer of Realty Income. “With the payment of the April dividend, we will have made 549 consecutive monthly dividend payments and paid over $3.9 billion in dividends throughout our 47-year operating history.”

Our portfolio consists of 60 shares of Realty Income, which increases our annual dividends from $142.92 to $143.28, an increase of $0.36.

Are You Protecting Your Credit Rating?

The following is a guest post by Derek Fisher

The cost of living is high enough when financially sound, but consumers with damaged credit pay a premium for insurance, financing, and credit card privileges. Taking an active role preserving your credit rating is the only way to reduce the cost of borrowing and sidestep the unreasonable cost of bad credit. All too often, however, consumers sit idle until they need a loan, and then seem surprised to find their rating in disrepair. Use these proactive steps to protect and preserve a favorable credit score – or you’ll ultimately pay the price, in the form of higher rates.

Pay Timely – Without Exception

A late payment is one of the fastest ways to adversely impact your credit score. That’s right – even one late remittance can haunt you, as creditors have the right to report these inconsistencies to credit bureaus. In practice, many lenders extend courtesies to their clients, giving them the benefit of the doubt, when payment difficulties arise. In these cases, your bank or credit card company may be willing to overlook a single late payment. Press your luck, however, and a pattern of late bill payments will undoubtedly end-up on your credit record. Depending upon the severity and frequency of the insufficiencies, failing to pay timely can have lasting impacts, which will cost you money, over time.

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Chatter Around the World – 140

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

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Negative-yielding bonds now worth $6.6 Trillion, up 7-fold since 2015!

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Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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Chatter Around the World – 139

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

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Performance by Asset Class 2006-2015

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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Sector Overview – Financial Market Operators

Welcome to a new iteration in the Sector Overview series of articles. In this article, I present an overview of a small subset of companies that is often overlooked by investors – although investors use their services on a day-to-day basis: financial market operators. These can include companies that operate stock markets, derivatives markets, bond markets, commodity markets, currency markets etc.

Whether the overall economy or “market” is up or down – investors always flock to trade their assets on these markets. Suffice it to say, these markets provide one of the most essential service in a capitalistic society. Whether its the need to trade commodities on a daily basis, or a startup company going public, these marketplaces play a crucial role in the corporate world. As mentioned – even though investors may use the services from these companies on a day-to-day or even hour-to-hour or minute-to-minute basis, the same investors overlook these companies as an investment choice. I want to highlight some of the major players in this space and some thoughts on investing options.

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