Sunday, March 31, 2013

Stocks that Pay Dividends Monthly: Return Your Capital Faster

It doesn't matter if you are retired and want dividends regularly or if you are currently employed and just want to supplement your monthly income. Monthly dividend stock may be just what you are looking for. Though these investments are often referred to as stocks, they are technically closed end bond funds, real estate investment trusts, oil income trusts, and closed end income stock funds that pay dividends monthly.

The advantage of monthly dividend investments include faster return your capital, and if the dividends are reinvested, can generate greater compounding than quarterly payments. In addition, the monthly payments can help reduce volatility. These monthly dividend investments are available at, which has a list of over 100 different companies that pay dividends monthly, many of which have high yields in excess of 7%.

One example is the New America High Income Fund (HYB), which pays a generous yield of 7.4%, with dividends generated monthly. The stock has been trading at around its net asset value, and charges a management fee of 0.85%. The fund was founded in 1987 and is managed by T. Rowe Price Associates.

Do you think real estate has bottomed out? Check out LMP Real Estate Income Fund Inc. (RIT) which is an exchange traded fund that invests in real estate related companies including real estate investment trusts. It carries a yield of 5.5%, and has paid dividends since 2002. It is trading at a discount to net asset value. The management fee is on the high side at 1.2%

Gas Natural Inc. (EGAS) distributes natural gas in Montana, Wyoming, North Carolina, and Maine. It was founded in 1909. The stock pays a yield of 5.8% and sports a forward price to earnings ratio of 13.9.

Pengrowth Energy Trust (PGH) is a Canadian oil royalty income trust that pays a very high yield of 9.2%. The company, which was founded in 1988, explores, develops, and produces oil and natural gas reserves in western Canada.

When deciding which monthly dividend investments to put money into, investors should avoid investments with high management fees, limited liquidity, ones that trade at a large premium to net asset value, and the ones using excessive leverage. The municipal bond closed end funds may trigger the Alternative Minimum Tax; check with your accountant before investing.

A list of over a hundred monthly dividend stocks, including over 50 with yields of 6% or more, is available at Keep in mind that very high yields may not be sustainable.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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