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How To Get Paid Monthly Royalties

This is the fourth in the investing for monthly income series: get paid by royalty trusts.

A royalty trust is a type of corporation usually based in the United States or Canada.  In general, trusts usually own oil and natural gas wells, rights to wells or rights to the mineral deposits.  Royalty trusts are similar to real estate investment trusts (REITs) as they are tax free if they payout 90% of income to shareholders.  Most royalty trusts trade on major US stock exchanges.  Others trade in Canada and have a pink sheet listing in the US.

So many corporations were using the trust advantage that Canada changed the regulations starting January 1 2010.  This will force some trusts to convert into a regular corporations which will lower their dividends.  However, this does not  lower their status as monthly income stocks.

Non-Canadian investors owning a Canadian royalty trust is subject to a foreign income tax of 15% of payouts.  This 15% tax can be claimed on US taxes from a Form 1099.  This makes Canadian royalty trusts better investments for taxable accounts in the US.  In non-tax accounts such as an IRA, you will be double taxed by Canada upon distribution date and US when funds are withdrawn from the IRA.  The US royalty trusts do not have a 15% foreign tax so they can be held in tax-deferred accounts.  

Over the last six months, there has been a significant quest for high yield investments.  This has decreased the yields on trusts from double digits to single digits because of the increase in share prices.  This lessens the appeal of royalty trusts at time.  It would be better to patiently wait for a market correction to initiate a new position.

Here is a short list of royalty trusts:

Company Yield
Pengrowth Energy Corporation (PGH)      6.60
Enerplus Corporation (ERF)      6.60
Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (CRT)      6.60
Hugoton Royalty Trust (HGT)      5.10

The next part of this series will discuss bond funds.

How to Invest for Monthly Dividends

This is the first in a series of articles based on types of vehicles that pay monthly dividends.

Many people have the desire to increase their monthly income which leads to various activities to accomplish this objective. They may work extra hours at their job, start a side business or stuff envelopes for a few extra dollars. These tasks are all legitimate ways to make more money. But most are not aware of the simple way to increase monthly income by getting monthly dividend checks.

Truth is that many people don’t realize that this is a great time to invest in dividend securities. Yes, the market was scary throughout 2008 and 2009 as the markets tanked and the economy sunk into a recession. Unemployment reached double digits in many areas across the United States. During volatile times, investors watch as their growth and technology stocks get hammered until they reach new lows in price. However, the best time to invest is when there are signs of an improving economy. This is what has happen over the last six to 12 months as the markets started trending up and stock prices reached new 52-week highs.

So why would you invest when the market has already started to recover? During the economic meltdown lead by the imploding debt crisis, companies started to batten down the hatches by conserving their cash. During the last few quarters, companies in the S&P 500 had more cash and current assets on their balance sheet than in the last decade. There are several things companies can do with this cash. But the one that is of interest to us is companies using the cash to increase dividends. Therefore, if you purchase stock in a stable company, there is a better than average chance that the dividend will increase in the future.

This increase in dividends will be a positive for many investments that pay monthly dividends. The result being that your dividend yield on cost increasing over the next few years. Generally, when dividends increase the share price will follow. the investor will have more income from the dividend increase and potential for a capital gain if share prices increase. This is the reason why now is a good time for dividend investing.

How do you invest for monthly income? Today, there are several investment vehicles designed to pay monthly dividends. These include closed-end ETFs, business development companies, royalty trusts, REITs and even high-yield corporate bonds. As we progress through this series, each of these investments will be examined in greater detail with specific company names that are potential investments paying dividends of 10% of more. Yes, some of these investments pay at or above 15% yields today.

We will start with closed-end ETFs in the next article.

Learn more about investing for monthly income here.

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