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Will You Have Seven Swans a Swimming this Christmas ?

“On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming”

Swans a Swimming Swans a Swimming - Why Swans should be in your Investment Portfolio

The Christmas carol the “The Twelve Days of Christmas”  receives many articles written on it each year . The vast majority of the articles are written on the topic of “how much would it cost to purchase the Twelve Days of Christmas for your loved ones”. It is usually tied to some loose attempt to measure the inflation for the previous year or the past decades. Maybe the Federal Government  should start using this as their official measure of inflation for that year!

I have a different perspective on the song however, in that there is only one day of the song that catches my attention as a Dividend Income Investor. That day is Day Number Seven – A “gift of Seven Swans a Swimming”. For me this one day represents “True Love”.

Okay, for those of you that have not figured out where I am going with this I’ll explain. The term SWANS in investing lingo is an acronym that stands for “Sleep Well At Night”, meaning stocks that you don’t have to worry about.

12 Days of Christmas Lyrics

by Christmas Song

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
Nine Ladies Dancing
Eight Maids a Milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a Laying
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Source :http://www.metrolyrics.com/

As a Dividend Income Investor I not only want “Swans” but “I want my cake and eat it too”! This means I not only look for Swans but I look for Swans that have a higher than average yield than the majority of stocks.

So keeping in mind the needs of safety and higher yields here are my personal  “SWAN” picks that I would love for my true love to give to me on the Seventh Day of Christmas:

  1. Realty Income (O) – Equity REIT
  2. AT&T (T) – Communications/ Entertainment
  3. Main Street Capital (MAIN) – BDC ( Business Development Company)
  4. Preferred Apartment Communities (APTS) – Apartment REIT
  5. Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) – Medical REIT
  6. Duke Energy (DUK) – Diversified Utility
  7. Lamar Advertising Company -(LAMR) – Billboard REIT

I own all these stocks in my personal portfolios and while prices of course fluctuate with the constant whims of the typical stock market, I know that when I wake up the next day these investments are rock solid and safe.

Almost everyone knows the story of AT&T, while not 100% the same company it was as the old “Ma Bell” in many ways it has evolved into something even better. It is a complete package.

Since its founding in 1969 Realty Income has grown from a single Taco Bell to almost 5,000 properties in 49 of the states and Puerto Rico. It is considered the “gold standard” of Net Lease REITs.

Another company that is considered the “Gold Standard” of its market sector is Main Street Capital a BDC (Business Development Company) which funds businesses that are starting out or growing. When people talk BDCs – the name Main Street always is singled out as the investment to be in.

When you invest in Preferred Apartment Communities you have just become the proud owner of over 31,000 multi-family units located in over 20 U.S. markets. There is no question in my mind of the viability of the rental housing markets for the foreseeable future. See related article :8 Great Stocks Yielding 8%

Omega Healthcare Investors is another great company. It is poised to take advantage of the ever growing Senior Housing and Assisted Living Facilities market. Baby boomers are a huge potential market. Omega Healthcare Investors has blessed its investors with constant Dividend increases over more than 20 consecutive quarters! See Related Article: In The Spotlight – Omega Healthcare Investors Inc.

When it comes to energy few can compete with Duke Energy. Duke Energy not only provides investors with a top notch Dividend Yield but it is one of the largest power companies in the United States. It has about seven and a half million electric customers, and approximately one and a half million natural gas customers. It produces over 52,000 megawatts of electricity. It has operated for over one hundred and fifty years.

And last but not least is Lamar Advertising Company. Lamar has many forms of advertising but perhaps the best known is its roadside billboards that are found along highways and other media forms located on transit and airports. Lamar has over 325,000 displays and in addition operates over 2,600 digital displays. There is little downside to this business. It has been in operation since 1902 – over one hundred and fifteen years.

Can you see why I sleep well at night? With great investments like these its hard not to. So maybe you should consider asking for these Seven Swans from your true love this Christmas.  It will make for a very merry year this coming year and perhaps for many more.

As always be sure to do your own due diligence prior to investing.

Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year !

 

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