The Magic of Compounding
05/15/2017 2:50 am EST
The ability to withstand economic ups and downs coupled with locked-in growth make utility stocks ideal for dividend reinvestment (DRIP) and direct stock purchase (DSPP) plans, explains Ari Charney, editor of Utility Forecaster.
DRIPs allow investors to reinvest their cash dividends by purchasing additional shares or fractional shares on the dividend payment date.
DSPPs allow you to buy stock directly from a company or through a transfer agent. The greatest benefit of using a DSPP is the ability to avoid commissions by not going through brokers.
The fees associated with many of these plans are structured in such a way that they’re generally best suited for investors who want to build a position in a stock through small, frequent purchases.
But investors should compare the cost of these plans versus a broker to determine which approach will be more cost-effective.
Those who prefer to make a large lump-sum investment will generally find it cheaper and more convenient to do so through a broker.
Also, some plans may require investors to already own at least one share of the company’s stock before they’re eligible to participate.
Here are our favorites, all of which are buy-rated, and will benefit from the long-term magic of compounding:
American Water Works Co. (AWK) — 800-937-5449, $100 initial minimum investment
Atmos Energy Corp. (ATO) — 800-543-3038, $1,250
CenterPoint Energy Inc. (CNP) — 800-231-6406, $250
CMS Energy Corp. (CMS) — 855-598-2714, $250
Dominion Resources Inc. (D) — 800-552-4034, $40
Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) — 800-488-3853, $250
Eversource Energy (ES) — 800-999-7269, $500
NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE) — 888-218-4392, $100
NiSource Inc. (NI) — 888-884-7790, $250
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) — 800-631-2355, $250
WEC Energy Group Inc. (WEC) — 800-558-9663, $250
Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL) — 877-778-6786, $250