Plunging Return on 10-Year Treasuries: Ever-So-Carefully, Look at Stock Dividends
News Wednesday that yields on 10-year Treasuries had hit a low -- pushed down as an international flight to safety among investors flooded the U.S. government bond market with cash – leave income-oriented investors up a creek.
Common stock dividends are a favored alternative, though investors who’ve been accustomed to Treasuries and municipal bonds need to realize that they’re buying the underlying stock, not just the dividend stream, and that stocks can be volatile. Studying up on the underlying companies is a must.
YCharts published a daily dividend report, found here, and the reports include links to analytics pages where one can gauge a company’s fundamental strengths and weaknesses. Extremely high dividend yields are almost always a warning of big problems at a company, and one can weigh those risks against the rewards. Reading the company’s 10-K is always recommended.