Looking for dividends? Here are 2 FTSE 100 income stocks I’d buy today

first_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Looking for dividends? Here are 2 FTSE 100 income stocks I’d buy today I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell, and Lloyds Bank. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Covid-19 has changed the game for UK dividend investors. Over the last few months, over 40 companies in the FTSE 100 index, including the likes of BT Group, Aviva, and Lloyds Bank, have suspended or cancelled their dividend payouts. Meanwhile, plenty of other FTSE companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, have reduced their payouts significantly.There are a number of high-quality FTSE 100 companies, however, that haven’t cut their dividends in the recent crisis. These are the companies I would focus on if I was building an income portfolio today. Here’s a look at two such companies.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A top FTSE 100 dividend stock The first FTSE 100 dividend stock I want to highlight is Unilever (LSE: ULVR). It’s a leading consumer goods company that owns a world class portfolio of trusted brands including Dove, Domestos, and Ben & Jerry’s.The reason I like Unilever is that demand for its products tends to be steady throughout the economic cycle. Even in a recession, people still buy soap, deodorant, and household cleaners. This has implications for the dividend. Because Unilever’s earnings and cash flows are relatively consistent, the company is able to pay out a steady stream of dividends to its investors.Unilever has a fantastic dividend track record. It hasn’t cut its payout for at least 30 years. This puts it in an elite group of dividend payers. Recently, the company advised that it was maintaining its quarterly dividend at €0.4104 per share. That equates to an annualised yield of about 3.3% at the current share price.Unilever is not the cheapest stock in the FTSE 100. Currently, the forward-looking P/E ratio is about 21. I think that’s a price worth paying, however. This is a high-quality dividend payer with an excellent track record.Well positioned in a post-Covid-19 world Another FTSE 100 consumer goods company I’d buy for income is Reckitt Benckiser (LSE: RB). It’s a global leader in health and hygiene and sports a top portfolio of brands including Nurofen, Mucinex, Dettol, and Lysol.I think RB shares look particularly attractive in the current environment. In a post-Covid-19 world, I see a lot more focus on hygiene. Reckitt’s products, such as Dettol antibacterial wipes and Lysol disinfectant spray, should be in high demand for a while. Recent first-quarter results were certainly encouraging. For the period, hygiene sales were up 12.8%. I’ll point out that I’m not the only one who is bullish on Reckitt. In recent months, a number of top-level insiders have been loading up on RB shares, which suggests they are confident about the future too. Like Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser has an excellent dividend track record. Since the FTSE 100 company was formed in 1999, it has never cut its dividend. In that time, it has also lifted its payout from 24p per share to 175p per share. That kind of consistent track record and long-term growth in the payout is exactly what you want to see as a dividend investor.RB shares currently trade on a forward-looking P/E ratio of 23.6 and offer a prospective yield of just under 2.5%. A little expensive? Sure. But totally worth the price tag, in my view. Image source: Getty Images Edward Sheldon, CFA | Friday, 19th June, 2020 | More on: RKT ULVR Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

Prof. discusses HHS law, conscience

first_imgAmid national controversy over the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception mandate, members of the Notre Dame community discussed the development of conscience in the Catholic faith Monday. Led by David Clairmont, assistant professor of moral theology, the talk provided context for understanding the debate over the mandate requiring employers to include contraception in their insurance packages. “The bishops want to have the specific effects of the mandate on Catholic institutions eliminated so Catholic institutions will not be in the situation of providing things that go against Church teaching, even if there are varieties of opinions among Catholics about those preferences,” Clairmont said. Mary Daly, program coordinator for the Office for University Life Initiatives, said the HHS mandate passed under the Affordable Care Act also requires coverage for Plan B, sterilization and education on family planning methods. This goes against the conscience of Catholic employers, including universities, charities and hospitals, she said. “[The mandate] requires individuals to perform immoral acts against their consciences,” Daly said. Daly said the event, which was cosponsored by Campus Ministry, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Center for Social Concerns, the Gender Relations Center, the Institute for Church Life and the University Life Initiatives office, aims to improve understanding of the key assertions in the debate over the HHS mandate. “People were coming at this from different angles of not understanding what the church was teaching,” she said. “We thought the most helpful thing we could provide for the students was what it means to form your conscience. We thought that would be the best starting point for students for thinking and talking about these issues.” Clairmont referenced one of the most frequently cited descriptions of conscience, the Second Vatican Council, which describes conscience as human beings’ attempts to live in ways that bring them ultimate happiness with God. “Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself, but which he must obey,” Clairmont said. “His voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil.” Clairmont said people must work to improve their consciences by studying witnesses in the Church, like saints, and learning from the Church’s teaching authority. “[Conscience] needs to be developed throughout one’s whole life,” he said. “It’s never fully formed. It’s life-long work … There are always ways we can develop our moral conscience.” Clairmont contrasted this Catholic idea of conscience, rooted in never-ending improvement based in the Catechism, with the modern, secular belief that conscience is entirely individual. “Formation in conscience comes through studying the teachings of the Church on the matters pertaining to human happiness, and by studying the lived examples of other Christians,” he said. “Formation in happiness requires one to be constantly open to having one’s own experiences interrogated.” Addressing the pro-mandate argument that many Catholics do not adhere to the Church’s anti-contraception values and so do not oppose the mandate, Clairmont said conscience can always change and be improved. “It’s not as if conscience wells up in a pure judgment, saying, “This is what I must do,’” he said. “This is a judgment at this time, in light of what I know and the experiences I have already had. Those experiences might change.” Clairmont said he hoped the conversation about Catholic conscience would have long-term positive effects. “We have opportunities to shift the discussion slightly … as an opportunity to teach people in the wider society how Catholics understand religion and religious freedom, how we understand conscience,” Clairmont said. “Conscience has a very particular place in the logic of the faith’s presentation. And that is something that is relevant to the public discussion.”last_img read more

Notre Dame turns down federal coronavirus aid in hopes of redistribution of funds to institutions in need

first_imgNotre Dame has decided to forgo federal stimulus funds in order for the coronavirus aid to be redistributed to other institutions in need, vice president of public affairs and communications Paul J. Browne said in an email.The Washington Times reported Friday that after Notre Dame declined $6 million in federal aid, the latest school to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin called on other private universities to do the same.According to the article, Indiana Republican Sen. Mike Braun criticized Notre Dame in a letter to the University, saying the funds should be “redistributed to other schools that have an acute need for these emergency financial aid funds.” University President Fr. John Jenkins replied to Braun in a letter obtained by The Observer, writing, “the University neither sought nor applied for the funds in question.” Regardless of endowment, Jenkins wrote, the U.S. Department of Education created a formula for every college and university in the nation to receive funds.“Also, it is my understanding that the monies not claimed by universities will be automatically returned to the Treasury Department’s general fund,” Jenkins wrote. “Perhaps you can convince the Administration to, instead, as you say, have ‘the stimulus money be redistributed to other schools that have an acute need of emergency financial aid funds.’”As Jenkins initially said, federal funds received by the University for coronavirus relief will be used to aid students whose families are struggling by the loss of a job or another hardship as a result of the pandemic. Browne said in an email that a Student Emergency Relief Fund has been established to provide additional financial aid to students whose families have been hurt financially by the pandemic.“Of course, we expect most of those families to include students who were eligible for financial aid before the pandemic,” Browne said. “Only now, that number is certain to grow because of the pandemic’s economic upheaval.” Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article said Notre Dame is the largest school to decline federal aid when it is the latest to do so. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: COVID-19, President John Jenkins, Sen. Mike Braun, Stimulus fundslast_img read more