Passive Income: 3 Top Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

There’s no denying that it’s been an excellent yr for Canadian buyers. The S&P/TSX Composite Index is up shut to 20% yr to date and greater than 25% over the previous yr. 
The present bull run has pushed valuations of many shares sky excessive, which makes me cautious as an investor, a minimum of within the quick time period. As a long-term investor, I’m not overly involved with in the present day’s valuation. But within the quick time period, the market’s costly valuation does have an effect on my investing technique. 
As extra of a development investor myself, the vast majority of my present holdings encompass shares buying and selling at a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio above 20. So, I’m snug taking over dangers in high-priced shares if there may be development potential over the long run. 
Some of the highest development shares on the TSX are actually buying and selling in a variety that I’m starting to be uncomfortable with. Steep valuations don’t make me query the standard of a enterprise that I’m contemplating investing in; it simply implies that I’m not essentially keen to choose up shares at these costs. 
There are extra shares than I’d like in my portfolio buying and selling at a P/S above 50 proper now. I’m positively not going to promote any of these based mostly on valuation alone, however I received’t be including to any of these positions at these costs both. 
Investing in dividend shares
The market’s present valuation has me looking extra for value-oriented buys proper now. Even although the market as an entire has been on hearth this yr, there are nonetheless areas on the TSX that you will discover bargains in.
Searching by means of an inventory of blue-chip dividend shares is a superb place to begin should you’re in search of worth in the present day. I’ve put collectively an inventory of three dividend shares which can be on the prime of my watch checklist. 
Algonquin Power & Utilities 
Utility corporations are a few of the most reliable shares buyers can personal. These are shares which you could rely on regardless of the situation of the economic system. 
Where Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX:AQN)(NYSE:AQN) differs from its friends is its presence within the rising renewable vitality sector. It affords its clients entry to wind, hydro, and photo voltaic renewable vitality options. That’s one of many explanation why the inventory has been ready to return market-crushing features of 70% over the previous 5 years.
At in the present day’s inventory value, this dividend inventory yields a powerful 4.3%.
You received’t discover many dividend shares yielding above 4% that even have a robust observe file of outperforming the market.
Telus (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is one other regular dividend inventory with a development aspect to it over the following decade. The telecommunications inventory has trailed the market in recent times, however that might change very quickly.
We’re nonetheless within the early levels of the enlargement of 5G know-how in Canada. As that continues to develop, so ought to the demand for Telus’s companies, together with its inventory value.
In the meantime, whereas buyers await the market-beating development to return, there’s a 4% dividend yield to earn passive revenue from.  
You can’t discuss prime dividend shares on the TSX and never point out the Canadian banks. The Big Five not solely personal a few of the highest yields in the marketplace in the present day, however a few of the longest payout streaks, too.
At a dividend yield of 4.6%, (*3*) (TSX:BNS)(NYSE:BNS) is the highest-yielding Canadian financial institution. Not solely that, nevertheless it’s been paying a dividend to its shareholders for shut to two centuries.
If the dividend yield and payout streak aren’t sufficient to put this $100 billion financial institution in your watch checklist, possibly its valuation is. It’s buying and selling at a really beneficial ahead price-to-earnings ratio of solely 10 proper now.

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Fool contributor Nicholas Dobroruka has no place in any of the shares talked about. The Motley Fool recommends BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA and TELUS CORPORATION.

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