The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates for the first time since 2018. While rising rates are good news for income investors, the Fed's planned incremental 0.25% hikes mean interest rates will likely remain historically low for at least several more quarters.
In the meantime, income investors waiting for higher rates on bonds and savings can invest in high-yielding dividend stocks as a source of regular income.
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Most high-yield stocks pay quarterly dividends or distributions, but these monthly dividend stocks have at least 5% yields and make payments about once every four weeks.
Pembina Pipeline Corp.
Dividend yield: 5.3%
Pembina Pipeline (
Pembina shares are up more than 23.8% year to date as of March 24, thanks to soaring oil and gas prices. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine suggests that energy prices will likely remain elevated for the foreseeable future.
Pembina has guided for $655 million in capital expenditure in 2022 to expand its pipeline network, and it plans to spend up to $200 million of any excess cash on share buybacks.
AGNC Investment Corp.
Dividend yield: 11%
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This mandate guarantees a relatively consistent dividend, which is reflected in AGNC's regular 12-cent monthly payout. As a mortgage REIT, AGNC doesn't invest in residential real estate directly.
Instead, it buys mortgage-related securities, which are largely federal loans backed by government-sponsored enterprises, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Federal backing reduces the risk associated with these assets, giving income investors peace of mind.
Prospect Capital Corp.
Dividend yield: 8.8%
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Since its 2004 initial public offering, Prospect has made more than 375 investments totaling more than $18.1 billion. Its current portfolio consists of 127 companies in 39 industries, providing investors with deep diversification.
Like REITs, BDCs pay out at least 90% of their taxable profits as distributions to investors to maintain a lower corporate tax rate. Prospect pays a consistent monthly distribution of 6 cents per share.
Main Street Capital Corp.
Dividend yield: 6.2%
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This BDC focuses largely on debt investments in lower middle market companies that have annual revenue of between $10 million and $150 million.
At its October 2007 IPO, MAIN shares were trading at $15. In the roughly 15 years since, Main Street has paid out more than $33 per share in distributions.
LTC Properties Inc.
Dividend yield: 6.2%
LTC Properties (
Despite the challenges, LTC maintained its 19-cent monthly dividend payment throughout the worst of the pandemic. As a result, LTC's funds-available-for-distribution-payout ratio climbed to an uncomfortable 100% in the third quarter of 2021.
That ratio dropped to 93% in the fourth quarter, however, a sign that business is now trending back in the right direction.
Broadmark Realty Capital Inc.
Dividend yield: 9.9%
Broadmark Realty Capital (
Since its inception in 2010, Broadmark has funded more than 1,200 real estate loans worth an aggregate of $2.8 billion.
The company has a $1.5 billion active, diversified loan portfolio with exposure to properties in 19 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Broadmark reported $947 million in 2021 loan production, up 51.2% compared with 2020, resulting in 19.5% portfolio growth.
Ellington Financial Inc.
Dividend yield: 10.1%
Ellington Financial (
The company says it focuses on underserved, niche market segments, where it believes it has identified market inefficiencies that provide investment opportunities. Ellington switched to a monthly dividend payment in 2019, but it was forced to cut that payment by about 50% during the pandemic in 2020.
Ellington has since been steadily building its dividend back up to its current level of 15 cents per share, and the REIT has generated a year-to-date total return of 6.1% as of March 24.
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