The Best Dividend Stocks of 2014

There are some core qualities investors need to look at when searching for dividend stocks. Travis Hoium went in search of the best dividend stocks of 2014 and found that these companies are worth a place in your portfolio.

Jan 31, 2014 at 11:35AM

Owning consistent dividend stocks is one of the best ways to beat the market over the long term. But dividends come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the best dividend stocks of 2014 can be difficult.

Fool contributor Travis Hoium found three companies with very different paths but equally attractive dividends. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a huge cash hoard and the ability to increase its 2.2% dividend yield or even pay a special dividend. Seadrill's (NYSE:SDRL) 10% yield is high enough to set off warning signs, but in the growing business of offshore drilling, it may be safer than it appears. Finally, there's 3M (NYSE:MMM), which has paid a dividend for 97 years and increased its payout for 55 straight years.

In the video below, Erin Miller talked with Travis about what he looks for in a dividend and why the companies above are so attractive. 

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Erin Miller owns shares of Apple. Travis Hoium manages an account that owns shares of 3M, Apple, and Seadrill. The Motley Fool recommends 3M. It recommends and owns shares of Apple and Seadrill. 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.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't 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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