Americans are worried that they might not have enough money for retirement. Women who outlive their husbands are at special risk, with 40 percent of widows living almost exclusively on Social Security. There are a lot of worried retirees out there. So, what are your retirement plans
? Quality low-risk dividend growth stocks make an excellent addition to our retirement portfolio, and the good new is, you don't have to wait until you retire to figure out what income it will generate.
Below are several companies delivering more cash to their shareholders by raising their dividends:Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). April 5th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5% to $0.21 per share. The dividend is payable on May 15, 2012 to holders of record on April 30, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
) operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. April 5th the company increased its dividend 14% to $0.40 per share. The dividend is payable May 5, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business April 17, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.5%.National Penn Bancshares, Inc.
) operates as the bank holding company for National Penn Bank that provides commercial banking products and services to residents and businesses primarily in eastern and central Pennsylvania. April 2nd the company increased its quarterly dividend 40% to $0.07 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of May 5, 2012 and will be paid May 17, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.0%.QR Energy, LP
) engages in the acquisition, exploitation, development, and production of onshore crude oil and natural gas properties in the United States. April 2nd the company increased its quarterly distribution 2.6% to $0.4875 per unit. The distribution is payable on August 10, 2012 to unitholders of record at the close of business on July 30, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 9.1%.Ennis, Inc.
) engages in production and sale of business forms, other business products, and apparel. March 30th the company increased its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.175 per share. The dividend is payable May 1, 2012 to shareholders of record on April 16, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.3%.A. Schulman, Inc.
) supplies plastic compounds and resins for packaging, consumer products, industrial, and automotive applications. March 30th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11.8% to $0.19 per share. The dividend is payable May 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on April 19, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.
Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends and those expected to in 2012; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list
.Full Disclosure: No position in the aforementioned stocks. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.