Today, I’m going to warn you about five stocks with yields of 7% or more that should be avoided at all costs. They are my next “dividend disaster” candidates that are likely to either reduce their payouts, or lose 20% or more in price, or both.
Big current yields have nothing to do with safety. Consider these year-to-date performances from high-yielding companies that started 2017 with juicy yields, but at some point cut or suspended their dividends:
- Windstream: Yielded 7.5%, lost 75%
- Mattel: Yielded 5.5%, lost 45%
- GNC: Yielded 7%, lost 26%