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Subject: Re: Anyone home? Date: 6/12/2011 1:31 PM
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Current criteria I've written down over the last couple days for pfds:
>7% yield
Near par
Company must pay a common dividend
Pfd must be cumulative


You forgot one criteria: Investment grade only.

>7% yield is gonna be tough to find.

If you are wanting to get good info on preferred stocks, take a look here: http://www.preferredstockinvesting.com/ Spend the $20 to buy his book. It's well worth it. He has tools to help you pick preferreds, but most of them are for subscribers only. I managed to figure out several of his recommendations in the free newsletter (the symbols are blotted out in the free non-subscriber posts), but eventually a couple of us went together and bought a $200 4-member subscription. Even at $100 each, it's worth it, IMHO.

Paul's spreadsheet is good, as are Joel's comments.

I have both preferreds and "dividend champion" stocks. Problem with a dividend stock is that the price can drop and the dividend is not guaranteed. A dividend stock is a stock that pays a dividend. A preferred stock is essentially a bond that trades like a stock.

FWIW, I bought some Dividend Champ stocks late last year. SPH, CINF, GTY, HGIC. All currently are at a capital loss. -7%, -5%, -21%, -16%.
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