At Dividends & Income Daily, we are continuously preaching that a dividend payout increase is a powerful signal.
After all, a company raises its dividend for a reason. The management team and Board of Directors are telling you that their underlying business is experiencing sustainable strength.
However, it seems like every company is increasing its dividend nowadays. Keeping track of all of these dividend actions and performing due diligence can be daunting tasks for investors.
That's why we created the Dividend Sonar Report.
One of our goals is to make our readers aware of dividend growth gems that may be hiding among more popular investment choices.
Indeed, the Sonar Report found one - an insurance company that happens to be located smack dab in the middle of America's Corn Belt.
A Worthwhile Policy
FBL Financial (FFG) is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. Its primary operating
The Financials sector ranks ninth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my Sector Rankings for ETFs and Mutual Funds report. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 45 ETFs and 224 mutual funds in the Financials sector as of January 15, 2014 Prior reports on the best & worst ETFs and mutual funds in every sector are here.
Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst-rated ETFs and mutual funds in the sector. Not all Financials sector ETFs and mutual funds are created the same. The number of holdings varies widely (from 28 to 141), which creates drastically different investment implications and ratings. The best ETFs and mutual funds allocate more value to Attractive-or-better-rated stocks than the worst ETFs and mutual funds, which allocate too much value to Neutral-or-worse-rated stocks.
To identify the best and avoid the