The 9 Highest Dividends and 1 to Buy Now

I love dividend stocks. I love fat dividend stocks even better. And I know you do, too. Dividend investing is hot.

That's what led to my pick of National Grid, which I called an "outstanding dividend stock" in a January article. The stock is up 16% (dividend-adjusted) since that time, while the S&P climbed just 3.8%. I put my own money on the line, too, as I had promised. Massive dividends, like National Grid's 6% yield, tend to help drive a stock higher. In fact, research indicates that big yields can lead to attractive total returns.

But buying the market's fattest dividends without analysis can be fraught with peril. So below I'm going to highlight 10 stocks with scary high yields, one of which you can buy now.

Make way for Foolishness
Investment manager Tweedy, Browne surveyed the academic and professional literature across decades in order to examine the returns of high-yield stocks. Tweedy discovered:

  • "There is substantial empirical evidence to support a direct correlation between high dividend yields and attractive total returns."
  • "At least one study found that high dividend yield stocks outperformed other value strategies as well as the overall stock market return in declining markets."

Attractive total returns, less volatility, outperformance? Those are great findings for dividend investors like us, who love fat yields. But Tweedy also provides a caveat.

  • "Three of the studies found that the best returns were not produced by the highest yielding decile or quintile, but rather by the next highest yielding one or two deciles, or the next highest yielding quintile."

In other words, be very careful around the market's highest yields. Massive yields are often a sign that investors don't expect the dividends to last long (and thus Tweedy's advice to move down the ladder). But I think there's one player here that is smartly managed and could still be a solid investment.

9 for the road
With that advice in mind, I shuffled through all the stocks traded on the major U.S. exchanges. I looked for market caps greater than $1 billion (for some stability), ranked them by dividend yield, and came up with 1,204 stocks. Finally, I broke them up into deciles, or groups of about 120.

The yields on this top decile ran from 37% all the way down to about 6%, right what National Grid offers now. Let's take a look at the nine highest yields in that group:

Company

Market Cap (in Billions)

Yield

American Capital Agency (Nasdaq: AGNC  ) $5.1 18.9%
Cypress Sharpridge Investments (NYSE: CYS  ) $1.1 18.4%
Invesco Mortgage Capital (NYSE: IVR  ) $2.0 18.0%
Chimera Investment (NYSE: CIM  ) $3.5 15.2%
Capstead Mortgage $1.0 14.5%
Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) $17.2 14.4%
Hatteras Financial (NYSE: HTS  ) $2.1 14.1%
Companhia Siderurgica Nacional $16.8 13.8%
Terra Nitrogen Co., L.P. (NYSE: TNH  ) $2.6 13.8%

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Those yields all look tempting. Who wouldn't like 14% or more every year? But "every year" is exactly what's in doubt. Every company except Companhia Siderurgica (steel) and Terra Nitrogen (fertilizer) number among a specialized category of REITs. Those industries are all characterized by volatile boom-and-bust cycles. Because so much of the appeal of these companies is in the dividend, any disruption would likely see their stock prices crater.

The seven remaining companies all play in the same sandbox; they're mortgage REITs that are feasting on low short-term rates and buying mortgage securities at higher long-term rates. There's still a lot to like about these companies. They're obligated to pay out 90% of their net taxable earnings, since they're organized as REITs. They're earning generous returns with low interest rates, and it doesn't look like that might change too soon. Unemployment remains high, which is good for these players, and the Federal Reserve can't credibly raise rates, so these companies could make a nice hedge for the rest of your portfolio.

But they all rely on heavy leverage to generate those massive dividends, and any hiccup in the credit markets could disrupt their business. Look at the debt-to-equity ratios to get a sense of the leverage:

Company

Debt-to-Equity

American Capital Agency 662%
Cypress Sharpridge 554%
Invesco Mortgage 370%
Chimera Investment 176%
Capstead Mortgage 874%
Annaly Capital 632%
Hatteras Financial 610%

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

Of these, I particularly like Annaly. I own it in my own portfolio, and I've added it to my public-facing portfolio here at The Motley Fool. The company has seen bad markets and has been operating since 1996, much longer than peers American Capital Agency (2008), Cypress Sharpridge (2009), Invesco (2008), and Hatteras (2007). Chimera was founded recently, but is run by the same folks as Annaly. And unlike some other players, Annaly buys only government-backed mortgage securities, so there should be little to no default risk in its portfolio.

While many justifiably question the staying power of Annaly's dividend, the stock has achieved an 18% increase in value (dividend-adjusted) since it's been public. That's a great return and reflects the savvy management at the helm.

But Annaly may not be for everybody. The stock will certainly get hurt when interest rates rise and the company has to cut the dividend. Investors will want to closely observe the Federal Reserve and see if interest rates might increase in the near future. While I see that as a remote possibility, since unemployment remains high and growth is stagnant, it's always a possibility. It will take years for unemployment to get down to reasonable levels. So I'm confident enough in this pick that I'll be adding real money as soon as the Fool's Rules permit.

Foolish bottom line
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Jim Royal, Ph.D., owns shares of national Grid and Annaly. The Motley Fool owns shares of Annaly and Chimera. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of National Grid. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2011, at 6:30 PM, dallis1948 wrote:

    I too enjoy the dividends from Annaly (NLY), but I am unable to understand how to view their recent announcement that they are issuing 100m-150m new shares to sell at $17.70 each. I own mine for less than that so I continue holding them. The current price has now dropped to $17.89.

    REITs are required to pay out most of their earnings, so in order to make new purchases they must sell new shares. Do I understand that correctly? I am not as interested in price growth as I am in a sound 14.8% dividend that should be good as long as interest rates remain low.

    My quandry is over that very dividend. Will their earnings on the new investments enable them to continue paying such a high dividend or will this water-down the dividend. If it does lower the dividend, then I'd expect the price to drop also. A certain number of shareholders may sell if the dividend goes down. At that point, I may sell my shares to avoid lossing money due to the price.

    I'd be hesitant to put money in NLY right now unless I knew the new capital would lead to higher/sustained dividends. High stable dividends should equal slightly higher prices. What do you think?

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2011, at 6:34 PM, buddylady wrote:

    This article is fine I suppose, I hope.

    I am really tired of the proposals such as 13 stocks to buy offer, then being directed to another subscription.

    I already am a member and subscriber, a member of both Motley mutual funds, yet directed to a site that initially appears to be free advice then hit up with a charge in order to access the information offered.

    State up front that is a charge!!

    Where is all the " free " suggestions indicated upon joining and subscribing.

    Newnam

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2011, at 7:32 PM, sailrmac wrote:

    I find it interesting to look at NLY or AGNC vs. a treasury.

    Default risk is essentially the same, both backed by the US government.

    Interest rate risk. Both are very likely to decline in value should interest rates rise. Theoretically the portion of a REIT's holding that are adjustable mortgages could not be hurt much if both long and short rates go up equivalently. The mortgage REIT's actually make money from the spread in rates not the absolute rate. However, I think it's a pretty fair assumption that both would get hurt significantly if rates rise.

    Inflation risk. Pretty clear if you average 3% inflation you are going to at best hold your purchasing power with a treasury whereas with the mortgage REIT's you actually have a chance of growing your money in real terms.

    Leverage. Well there's a big difference. Treasuries are 1:1 the mortgage REIT's more like 6:1 to 8:1. So for a treasury with similiar duration to a bunch of mortgages, say a 10 year, variance due to interest rate changes is going to be much greater, say 8:1.

    Yield. There's another big difference, 3% on a 10 year vs. 18% on AGNC. So you can put $100k into a treasury or $20k into AGNC and get about the same $ out each quarter.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2011, at 8:00 PM, LSLOANPDX wrote:

    HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO ASK WHY YOU CANOT PUT A STICKER NEXT TO EVERY STOCK YOU MENTION.

    WHAT IS THE REASON FOR NOT PUTTING STICKERS ON YOUR RECCOMENDATIONS AND NOTED STOCKS?

    IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER I CAN BE HIRED, OR HOW ABOUT A RULE THAT STICKERS ARE ALWAYS A MUST.

    THIS TIME YOU SUCCEDED ON 7 OF 9. (78%). IS 100% TO MUCH OF GOAL?

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2011, at 11:02 PM, johnsilver1 wrote:

    Just remember if you had bought these {AGNC Nly et al} in 2008 you would have made a lot of money and would still be doing so. Don't let this article scare you off. When interest rates start to rise then consider getting out. Also Hatteras has mostly adjustable paper so they will probably do better in a rising interest environment.

    John

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 5:25 AM, Latinus wrote:

    "IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER ..."

    This post is funny. Do you know why?

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 6:23 AM, Usnzth wrote:

    "IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER ..."

    This post is also irritating. Do you know why?

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 7:48 AM, lantzer2 wrote:

    What is the sticker for National Grid?

    Thanks

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 8:25 AM, earlygirlretiree wrote:

    I always thought that a thorough knowledge of spelling and grammar would be the skills necessary for a proofreader position. If other's lack of these skills bother you, perhaps you should just ignore them. It is only going to get worse. All the texting going on is eroding our ability to even care about such things.

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 11:48 AM, sept2749 wrote:

    I read this article twice and couldn't find the "one to buy" is it NLY or NGG?

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 12:43 PM, jsw72756 wrote:

    LSLOANPDX: "IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER I CAN BE HIRED."

    What a joke! You don't know that proofread is one

    word or hyphenated.

    You don't know how to spell cannot.

    You don't know which "to" to use: "IS 100% TO MUCH OF GOAL?" Should be: too

    What's a "sticker?" Do you mean stock symbol?

    Learn to load your brain before you shoot off your mouth!

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 3:06 PM, taxspeak wrote:

    One thing no "advisor ever tells you is the REITs, like L.P's, pay high "returns" only because they're giving you part of your original investment back with each DISTRIBUTION, which is NOT the same as a DIVIDEND. Look at the K-1 they give you at the end of each year; you will notice that only a portion of what you received in DISTRIBUTIONS for the year, is taxable! That's because only a portion of what they distributed is from EARNINGs from operations. the rest is a return of your capital. Also, if they show the capital in your account (I can't recal if REITs do, but the L.P.s do)notice it keeps declining each year!

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 3:15 PM, pjmmfl wrote:

    I find it amusing that MF continues to circulate obsolete, out-of-date reports. This dividend report states that McD's is undervalued and should trade at $78. It's currently trading above $85.

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 4:15 PM, PoundMutt wrote:

    taxspeak wrote:

    ...REITs, like L.P's, pay high "returns" only because they're giving you part of your original investment back with each DISTRIBUTION, which is NOT the same as a DIVIDEND. Look at the K-1 ...you will notice that only a portion of what you received in DISTRIBUTIONS for the year, is taxable! That's because only a portion of what they distributed is from EARNINGs from operations. the rest is a return of your capital. Also, if they show the capital in your account (I can't recal if REITs do, but the L.P.s do) notice it keeps declining each year!

    Can anyone explain to me how the "DISTRIBUTIONS" are taxed?

    1. Is the "DIVIDENDS" portion of the "DISTRIBUTION" taxed as ordinary income (even in a ROTH IRA--the only money I have to spare for investments is my annual ROTH IRA contribution?)

    2. When the shares are sold are the proceeds (AFTER 100% return of capital) taxed as a capital gain (even in an IRA?)

    3. Is a tax return required for each state in which the REIT does business (even in an IRA?)

    4. ANYTHING ELSE I need to know about the tax consequences?

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 4:43 PM, massabki wrote:

    I own ACAS and it hasn't paid a dividend in a very long time. Please check your data.

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 4:46 PM, massabki wrote:

    My mistake- you are referring to AGNC and not ACAS.

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 4:57 PM, ElCid16 wrote:

    I'm still trying to figure out what a "sticker" is...

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 5:15 PM, jkingtut wrote:

    I hope you are kidding but subtract the s and add symbol after the new word.

    Or maybe he likes Indian food (pot....)

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2011, at 11:25 PM, madmilker wrote:

    CIM rocks....

  • Report this Comment On July 16, 2011, at 7:36 PM, Sturmudgeon wrote:

    Can someone detail why CIM has steadily declined in stock price over the last month or so??

    Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On July 16, 2011, at 8:26 PM, dillon53 wrote:

    ElCid16

    To answer your question about "sticker:" it means stock ticker (stock symbol). But I would hyphenate to s-ticker.

  • Report this Comment On July 18, 2011, at 2:15 PM, vaderblue wrote:

    Many have pulled out of Cim but I find that to be a big mistake. Buy Cim on the way down and load up for those dividends. I find that everything comes and goes in the market and one day Cim-- after we get through with the mortgage crisses will pay you big. Learn how to play this stock-buy low-take your dividends and keep a close eye on Bernakke and the feds. I have confidence in Cim's management to find those loopholes in regulations to keep our dividends safe and keep them coming.

    Remember CIM would not likely pay taxes. 90%

    is distributed to shareholders.

    When the economy truly improves and you are

    holding these reits, it will pay off big.

    I feel like Cim could pull back to as low as $2.50.

    I love Cramer but he is prejudice to Mike Farrell

    and Annaly.

    I think he is wrong about Cim Cbou and ICO.

    I started investing in these companies since early

    2010 and have made thousands.

    So much for speculation.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 12:45 PM, Threedollarbill wrote:

    Some of these stocks, as stated, might fluctuate as stated, but I wonder how you feel about, buying & holding them, & watching them, and if they dip too low; selling them. It seems most of them would be worth it for that--of course, if they'll hold their share price.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 12:52 PM, Threedollarbill wrote:

    National Grid=NGG, you can just google to get the symbol, I own NLY too, along with KMP, among some other yeilders

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 1:12 PM, 88melter wrote:

    Gents, Google Finance page lists Terra Nitrogen's yield as 6.8%. While still very much a nice yield, and I am adding this stock to my Dividend Winners list on Scottrade, it is NOT 13%. I am not sure what set of facts gave you this figure. It makes the Fool look a bit, well, foolish when the stats cannot be independently verified.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 1:26 PM, 4spiel wrote:

    What do you think of BAE SYSTEMS (LSE: BA.)approx 6%- I think unervalued but Shares mag thinks its a sell on technical assessment I think as opposed to fundamentals

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 2:43 PM, bunzing wrote:

    Can someone detail why CIM has steadily declined in stock price over the last month or so??

    My best guess would be they cut dividends (distributions) the last 3 periods round, from 0.18 -> 0.17 -> 0.14 -> 0.13

    from 0.18 to 0.17 didn't seem to matter much but the next to got them in free fall

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 2:43 PM, fatboy228 wrote:

    There were a lot of questions raised. Do they ever get answered?

    I found out about Reits 2 or 3 years ago and Love them. This article is some of the best advise I've seen in a long time, except it seems Jim Royal steers you away from the top performers.

    I own NLY, CIM, and recently loaded up on CYS.

    NLY's price doesn't seem to fluctuate. CYS has appreciated about 6% since I bought it. CIM I bought for $3.96 and for a couple of years hung between $3.90 and $4.20. Recently It dropped to the low $3 range and I couldn't understand why. Then I read, the 'IDIOT, Jim Cramer" did a sell, sell, sell rant on his show.

    Fortunately I continue to collect on the 15% yield and it's starting to climb back - $3.34 today.

    I am extremely LONG - REITS, with an eye on interest rates.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 3:14 PM, badmustache wrote:

    LSLOANPDX: "IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER ..."

    Awesome! This person spelled recommendation wrong too ... or rather, spelt recommendation wrong to.

    Stickers?? Wtf? Whoever you are - you're rad!

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 3:49 PM, bunzing wrote:

    jsw72756 wrote:

    LSLOANPDX: "IF YOU NEED A GOOD PROOF READER I CAN BE HIRED."

    bla blah blah

    What a joke! You don't know that proofread is one

    Learn to load your brain before you shoot off your mouth!

    though LSLOANPDX wrote irritatingly he made a good point. why can't Motley fool put all S-Ticker in the list that has them. It is sloppy

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 5:42 PM, bpa169 wrote:

    I think I have an idea for LSLOANPDX...he has some good points but maybe he should use a spell checker before he writes a comment. But then again maybe he doesn't know what I'm talking about based on his post which has so many typos in it the Motley Fool would indeed be Foolish to hire him!!!

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 6:49 PM, WhidbeyIsland wrote:

    Given the discussion about spelling, grammar, and proofreading, I will recommend a stock with the "sticker" PRUF. This company has developed new computer software and guarantees that after you run a FOOL comment post through it (before you actually post it to the FOOL website),

    1. Everyone who reads it will refrain from criticizing your spelling, grammar, and pruufreading.

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    3. PRUF guarantees you will get your MOTLEY FOOL membership money refunded if their software fails to perform as advertised. However, this guarantee is only valid if claimed on April 1, 2011.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 7:34 PM, MMWCPA wrote:

    PoundMutt,

    You asked a lot of questions, but I think one answer will put your mind at ease:

    Any income earned in your Roth IRA is not taxed within the Roth IRA and also is not taxed when it is distributed from the Roth IRA to you (assuming it is a qualified Roth distribution -- a Roth distribution five years or later after the first Roth contribution you made, or to the extent it does not exceed the total of all your Roth contributions if less than five years after your first Roth contribution).

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 7:48 PM, MMWCPA wrote:

    PoundMutt,

    There are many tax angles to consider, but some are discussed below.

    The Roth IRA may be a better place for REIT investments (depending on your tax situation) than an ordinary brokerage account. Here's why, in an ordinary taxable brokerage account, REIT dividends are currently taxed as ordinary dividends at ordinary tax rates that can be as high as 35% federally. That's just part of the REIT tax law. In an ordinary taxable brokerage account, qualified dividends from non-REITS such as GE for example, are currently taxed at the the lower of your ordinary tax rate up to the maximum capital gains tax rate of 15%.

    In a Roth IRA, it is not deductible. That's what you risk giving up by putting the REIT in the Roth IRA vs. ordinary taxable brokerage account.

  • Report this Comment On July 22, 2011, at 9:34 PM, RegLeCrisp wrote:

    TNH's yield is 6.34% or so, not 13.8% That's a problem for an article about yields.

  • Report this Comment On July 23, 2011, at 4:09 PM, kramsigenak wrote:

    And no-one has mentioned the SID is at just over 5%, not anywhere near 13%.... where did the author come up with 13% for the 2 non-MREITS? Please answer this.

  • Report this Comment On July 26, 2011, at 3:45 PM, basqueman1 wrote:

    Has anyone considered what may happen to the price and yields of some of these REIT's if rating agencies downgrade government backed mortgage securities?

  • Report this Comment On July 26, 2011, at 8:49 PM, dallis1948 wrote:

    basqueman1 asked a good question. "...what may happen to the price and yields of some of these REIT's if rating agencies downgrade government backed mortgage securities?" If rating agencies downgrade debt of the U.S., it seems the government will have to pay higher rates of interest to induce folks to buy their debt. I see two things that could happen, we could borrow less for the same total interest payout or (if there are buyers) we could borrow as much as we intended and pay more money in interest (higher debt).

    If we borrow less, then we have to decide where NOT to spend our borrowed capital. Some would say that we just let retirees and the poor shoulder all of those cuts, ie. social security, medicare, food stamps, etc. Those people would tell us that if we try to raise taxes on the people who put our nation on the doorstep of another depression, those wealthy folks would take their money and move to another country. My one vote says we'd be better off in the long run if they would leave. Excuse my regression. Anyway, if we did cut funds to various programs, mortgage subsidies would probably be cut, too. Certainly, the government will return to regulating bankers to prevent them from fraudulently creating new mortgages like they were doing until 2008. So there'd be a smaller supply of money for govenment-backed mortgages and stricter qualifications for the borrowers. That sounds like smaller supply and increased demand. Those factors ought to lead to higher interest rates, the PRICE we pay.

    Since our government will be paying higher rates of interest on the money it borrows, the bankers who borrow from the government will be charging their borrowers higher rates, too. Those higher rates will remove some homeowner wanna-be's from the market because the higher rates will mean higher monthly payments. It will take higher cash and income combinations to qualify for those higher monthly payments, resulting in some folks (in the short term) being dropped from the pool of potential buyers. In the long term people will adjust their desires to smaller homes with fewer features in order to qualify for a home. They won't be able to demand higher wages in order to qualify for more house because we have already given that power to the employers who keep unemployment high in order to force those who are working to do more work for less money.

    Okay, now we look at the REIT's. They borrow money to buy mortgages and make their profit on the interst spred between what they pay for money and the rate they get on the mortgages they buy. They will be squeezed from both ends. Their cost of borrowing money will be higher and the mortgages they buy will carry higher interest rates. With a reduced supply of mortgage money, the bankers who make the loans will collect more Fees for the loans they package and sell. Fewer mortgages and the same number of mortgage package buyers (including REITs) means Supply down, Demand up, Price UP and the Price is the price REITs pay bankers for the mortgage packages. All this says REITs cost of borrowed capital will be up, the interst rate on the mortgages will be up, but the price they pay mortgage lenders for the mortgage packages they buy will be up thus reducing the spred between cost and yield. REITs will have a choice; in order to maintain their high returns, they will have to purchase riskier portfolios of loans OR they can maintain similar portfolios and settle for smaller spreds/returns on their investments...or some combination of the two choices.

    SUMMARY

    So to answer your question in a nutshell, REITs will have to make fundamental decisions about how they invest and what they consider acceptable yields. Investors will need to keep their eyes on what mortgages the REITs are buying and how profitable those mortgaged companies likely will be.

    With good operations management teams, REITs that actually buy properties and manage them may have a little more control over the profitability of those properties and thus squeeze more profit from them.

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2011, at 6:08 AM, bikesncats wrote:

    Thank you dallis1948, that was a very informative post and I appreciate the time you took to make things clearer to us.

    It's also nice to see that there are people here that actually care about helping each other instead of bikering about someone's spelling mistakes like some did.

    If the poor dude got so frustrated after a week of loosing money and not being able to find a ticker that might turn his fortunes, is it that important that he first learn english to vent at the MF author that broke the poor dude's back with that annoying straw?

    Now go ahead and pick at my english, then we write the same in italian, french and german and compare who makes more mistakes (in 15 minutes without spell checker), how arrogant, you ppl don't have anything else to take away from this article?

    Go bikker at the morons that are bringing your country to the brink of bankruptcy. That ars hole getting a Bohner from the power trip he's presently on should be sent home and never allowed into politics again.

    I moved my cash out of the USD last year and I was slowly moving away from US equities, that process is now accelerated and if I am at this point I'm pretty certain there are millions of investors out there that are far smarter then me and have gone already. So quit wondering how much is on the sidelines...it's not, it's gone, forget the volumes you were used to in passed years.

    just my 2 cents...

  • Report this Comment On August 09, 2011, at 12:58 PM, JAG3110 wrote:

    Div on THN I do not care what Google or any other site says as the the % annual return. If you bought a share of THN at 150; return annualized would be above 10% based on 3.75 per share payable Aug. 29. It is going to much higher is you were in at a lower price. I simply took the share price I paid and divided it into the stated per share payable on Aug. 29. for the quarterly return; and would times that by 4 to determine the apx. annual return...so all of us can do this simple math...even Jim Crammer could!

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