Well, it took seven months. We finally have some serious dividends!
Today we’re going to highlight 53 of them that yield at least 14%. That is not a typo—these 53 dividend stocks actually pay between 14.1% and 44.6%.
Are they all buys? Of course not. But why not take our calculated contrarian chances with real income stocks, rather than wasting our time with mainstream ideas?
While we are considering payout plays like these, vanilla income investors are stuck with:
- The S&P 500 yielded 1.3% to start the year. Now? About 1.7%.
- REITs, which are better but still only yield 3.1% as a group.
- The 10-year Treasury yield which has rocketed to multiyear highs. But still, that’s only 3%.
Let’s do the math: 3% on a million bucks is only $30,000 in annual income. That’s not even close to being enough to retire on.
We simply need more—much more. My recommendation for years has been a 7% baseline, which would generate $70,000 annually if you had $1,000,000 to put to work, but still a fair amount of income generated from a more modest nest egg.
Today, we have 358 dividend stocks that pay 7% or better. Thank you, Mr. Bear!
Literally Hundreds of Monster Yields Right Now
Fourteen percent, of course, is twice as good as 7%. And as I mentioned we have a fabulous 53 companies yielding 14% or more today.
At 14%, a million-dollar investment would generate a six-figure income “salary” of $140,000. Even half a million dollars would come out to $70,000 a year!
Here’s the full list of 53 stocks paying more than 14% today:
53 Downright Monstrous Payouts
Let’s be very clear, however. We don’t get something for nothing. TANSTAAFL.
In this high yield patch we need to do our homework. Let’s consider Diamond Hill Investment Group (DHIL, 14.7% yield). This investment management firm reported $31 billion in assets under management at the end of 2021. And cyclical as the business might be, it paid a regular dividend of $1 per share in 2021, which it raised to $1.50 per share in 2022.
Thing is, DHIL shares go for about $175 per pop at the moment, which comes out to a yield of about 3.4%. The missing 11.3 percentage points here came in the form of a special dividend of $19 per share.
Now Diamond Hill has been paying special dividends for years, far predating the regular dividend program, and those one-time payouts have been on the upswing. But they call it a “special” dividend for a reason—they’re not promised, and they can quickly be pulled away if the profits aren’t there. In this case, the base dividend of 3.4%, while decent, isn’t as spectacular as the headline number.
Moving on to Icahn Enterprises (IEP, 15.8%). Yes, Icahn, as in Carl Icahn. This is Icahn’s holding company, which operates across seven main business segments: investment, energy, automotive, food packaging, real estate, pharma and home fashion—it was eight as recently as 2021, but it exited the metals business.
With IEP, the question isn’t so much about the dividend, which has been paid consistently on a quarterly basis for years. The question is about the underlying business, which has been poor for years—so poor, in fact, that the yield accounts for 90% of IEP’s returns over the past 10 years.
Bargain? Unclear. With Icahn, who knows which holdings will stick around, and for how long, and whether any additions will end up driving real value.
Newtek Business Services (NEWT
It announced in August 2021 that it was buying National Bank of New York City and planned to convert to a bank holding company. In fact, NEWT has already cut its dividend (from $1.05 per share in Q4 2021 to 65 cents in Q1, though up to 75 cents in Q2). Could it maintain a sky-high dividend? Sure, but it would be highly unusual. The SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE
Point is, while the current yield is high, it’s difficult to project what you’ll actually get until Newtek begins operating as a bank.
Brett Owens is chief investment strategist for Contrarian Outlook. For more great income ideas, get your free copy his latest special report: Your Early Retirement Portfolio: Huge Dividends—Every Month—Forever.