Falling interest rates have left investors in the lurch, as treasury bills, CD's, and money market savings accounts are no longer generating yields worthy of one's savings. As investors look to recoup the lost income from shrinking interest rates, they are more and more turning to high yielding dividend stocks, in less volatile and unglamorous sectors.
TEPPCO Partners LP (TPP), 7.8% Yield.
This oil and gas pipeline play has had a consistent and growing dividend for over 18 years and is currently paying a 7.8% yield. Specializing in the transportation of oil, gas, and their derivatives through pipelines, trucking, and marine, Teppco also specializes in the storage of these products. A stable company in a stable industry, Teppco is a great play to earn income without a high risk to upfront invested capital.
DOW Chemical Company (DOW), 4.3% Yield.
Dow chemical, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, produces chemicals, plastics and other products for business of varying industries and regions. A safe play, in a safe industry, the 4.3% yield rewards investors nicely.
Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED), 5.7% Yield.
Con Ed a provider of electric, gas, and steam to customers mainly in the North Eastern US runs a regulated monopoly in one of the largest markets in the world. Recently receiving rights to sell services in North Carolina, the company has expanded in recent decades to the mid Atlantic and the South. With low volatility and a dividend yield of almost 7%, Con Ed is a perfect utility play for income investors.
Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN), 10.2% Yield.
Brandywine, an owner and operator of Class-A office and industrial properties throughout the US is an elite REIT company that has taken a beating because of the real estate bubble bursting. Having absorbed what is likely most of this impact; Brandywine is at an ideal price to receive an extraordinarily high yield of greater than 10%.
Declining stock prices over the recent short term have left investors with great buying opportunities to get some of the most consistent and proven companies on the cheap. This ability to accumulate also has the added benefit of receiving an increased dividend yield, as a lower cost basis means a higher actual dividend yield.