2022 Monthly Dividend Stocks List: All 61 Ranked and Analyzed

Monthly dividend stocks can provide predictable income and make budgeting easy since they pay dividends every month of the year.

While most companies pay dividends quarterly, there are 61 stocks that pay dividends monthly. And many of them have high dividend yields above 7%.

The table below contains a complete list of monthly dividend stocks with up-to-date dividend yields and Dividend Safety Scores™

Note that aside from Phillips Edison (PECO), the 29 monthly dividend stocks without Dividend Safety Scores™ are micro-caps and/or trade over-the-counter, making them inappropriate for most investors.

Below the table you'll find our analysis on every stock that pays dividends monthly, ranked from our most to least favorite companies.

2022 Monthly Dividend Stocks List

Notes:

  • Shaw (SJR) is in the process of being acquired by Rogers.

Ranking the Best Monthly Dividend Stocks

We analyzed all dividend stocks that pay monthly, ordering the list below from our most to least favorite business for stable income and capital preservation.

Monthly Dividend Stock #1: Realty Income

Sector: Real Estate – Retail REITs
Dividend Yield: 4.6% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 53 years

The most popular company on our list of monthly dividend stocks, Realty Income (O) has been in business since 1969 and is one of the best recession-proof stocks with dividends.

The large-cap retail REIT owns over 11,000 properties mostly focused on retail and spread across more than 1,000 tenants operating in roughly 70 different industries.

Realty Income generates most of its rent from tenants that have a service, non-discretionary, or low price point element to their business, providing some insulation from e-commerce. And nearly half of its tenants have investment-grade credit ratings.
Source: Realty Income Investor Presentation

Coupled with a focus on premium locations and long-term lease agreements, the REIT's occupancy rate has never dipped below 96%, even during the financial crisis and pandemic.

With an A- credit rating, participation in the vast single-tenant retail property market, and a diversified portfolio of income-producing properties, Realty Income appears set to continue its track record of raising its monthly dividend every year since 1994.

Read More: Guide to Investing in REITs

Monthly Dividend Stock #2: Main Street Capital

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 7.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 14 years

Main Street Capital's (MAIN) roots trace back to the mid-1990s, making the internally-managed business development company (BDC) one of the oldest and largest in the industry. The firm is also one of the best high dividend stocks.

Unlike most of its peers, Main Street has a flawless record of never cutting its regular monthly dividend since making its first payout in 2007, a stretch that includes two recessions.

The firm's success begins with its diversified portfolio, which consists of mostly high-yield loans made to more than 150 companies.

With no investment exceeding 5% of the portfolio's income and exposure to any single industry typically below 10% of the portfolio's value, Main Street insulates itself from distress in any one company or sector.
Source: Main Street Investor Presentation

Management also focuses on first-lien secured loans, which get paid first in the event of a default and allow Main Street to seize property if its loans are not repaid. This provides some protection against major loan losses during downturns.

The BDC takes a disciplined approach to leverage as well, holding much less debt than is allowed by regulators. Coupled with a relatively conservative portfolio, Main Street earns a BBB- investment grade credit rating.

The firm's monthly dividend enjoys a final layer of protection from funds Main Street retains after exiting a successful investment.

These funds, known as spillover, provide an offset against the inevitable credit losses that will be experienced when making investments in subprime debt securities.

Overall, Main Street is one of the few monthly dividend stocks to earn a Safe Dividend Safety Score and may be considered by income investors who are comfortable with the BDC industry's cyclicality.

Monthly Dividend Stock #3: Pembina Pipeline

Sector: Energy – Oil and Gas Storage and Transportation
Dividend Yield: 5.4% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 25 years

Founded in 1954, Canadian-based Pembina Pipeline (PBA) is a major midstream services provider with a network of oil and gas pipelines, storage facilities, and processing plants located primarily in western Canada.
Source: Pembina Investor Presentation

The firm's energy infrastructure serves as a one-stop shop for producers to move their hydrocarbons produced in Canada to the highest value markets throughout the world. By commodity, Pembina's business is balanced across oil, gas, and natural gas liquids.
Source: Pembina Investor Presentation

Most of the company's revenue is generated from fee-based activities backed by long-term contracts with minimum volume protections, shielding cash flow from commodity price fluctuations. 

Coupled with Pembina's BBB credit rating and self-funded business model, the stock has paid reliable monthly dividends since 1997 and looks set to continue its streak.

Monthly Dividend Stock #4: Agree Realty

Sector: Real Estate – Retail REITs
Dividend Yield: 4.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 10 years

Founded in 1971, Agree Realty (ADC) owns over 1,600 free-standing, single-tenant properties leased primarily to national retailers with investment-grade credit ratings.

Some of the mid-cap REIT's largest tenants include Walmart, Dollar General, Best Buy, TJX, and CVS. No tenant exceeds 8% of rent, with only Walmart topping 5% of ADC's revenue.
Source: ADC Investor Presentation

ADC also diversifies across retail industries, with none accounting for more than 10% of rent. The portfolio focuses on essential businesses more resilient to e-commerce, such as tire and auto service, grocery stores, home improvement, and convenience stores.

Doing business with a diversified set of mostly essential, creditworthy retailers helped ADC collect nearly 90% of rent during the depths of the pandemic, one of the best records of any retail REIT.
 
Management runs the business with conservative financial practices as well, including moderate leverage and strong dividend coverage. These qualities earn Agree Realty a BBB credit rating and should help the monthly dividend stock continue growing its payout in the years ahead. 

Monthly Dividend Stock #5: STAG Industrial

Sector: Real Estate – Industrial REITs
Dividend Yield: 4.5% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 10 years

STAG Industrial (STAG) formed in 2003 and owns over 500 industrial buildings such as warehouses, distribution centers, and light manufacturing facilities.
Source: STAG Website

The mid-cap REIT rents these single-tenant properties, most of which are located in small markets, to hundreds of different tenants operating across more than 40 industries. 

Nearly half of STAG's properties handle e-commerce activity, reflecting the increase in online shopping and the resulting need for more businesses to reconfigure supply chains and add logistical space.

While e-commerce is an attractive theme, STAG is still a cyclical REIT because its tenants operate in economy-sensitive markets such as automotive components, building products, machinery, and containers.

Coupled with relatively short average lease terms and a focus on potentially less creditworthy tenants, this can create higher lease renewal and default risk during recessions compared to other types of REITs.

STAG hedges its bets by spreading its portfolio across many different tenants (none greater than 4% of rent) and over 60 geographic markets (none exceed 10% of rent).

The company also runs its business with moderate leverage, earning STAG a BBB investment-grade credit rating. These factors have helped the REIT grow its monthly dividend each year since going public in 2011.

Looking ahead, the fragmented nature of the industrial real estate market should help STAG continue consolidating single-tenant warehouses. 

For income investors comfortable owning a cyclical stock, STAG may be an appealing monthly dividend payer to consider.

Monthly Dividend Stock #6: RioCan

Sector: Real Estate – Retail REITs
Dividend Yield: 4.9% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

RioCan (RIOCF), one of Canada's largest REITs, owns over 200 shopping centers and mixed-use properties located in large, high-density markets such as Toronto, Ottawa, and Calgary.
Source: RioCan Investor Presentation

Just over half of the company's revenue is derived from grocery-anchored shopping centers, which provide a consistent source of foot traffic for adjacent retail tenants.

In total, management estimates that around 85% of the mid-cap REIT's rent comes from tenants with "stable rent-paying ability, strong covenants, and sustained foot-traffic."

Examples include grocery, pharmacy and liquor stores (20% of rent), essential personal services (14%), and value retailers (11%).

This focus helped the company maintain high occupancy and pay uninterrupted dividends since 1994 until the 2020 pandemic forced a 33% payout cut when many retailers fell on hard times and stopped paying rent.

RioCan's monthly dividend, which is likely to grow at a mid-single-digit rate to keep pace with cash flow growth, should be on more solid ground going forward.

The company's payout ratio sits at its lowest level in at least a decade, and RioCan earns a BBB investment grade credit rating, supporting its development and acquisition plans.

Overall, RioCan's focus on grocery-anchored shopping centers, mixed-used properties, and Canada's largest markets should insulate the retail REIT from e-commerce pressures and help the firm pay a reliable monthly dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock #7: TransAlta Renewables

Sector: Utilities – Renewable Electricity
Dividend Yield: 6.9% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 8 years

TransAlta Renewables (TRSWF) was created in 2012 to own a portfolio of power generation facilities by parent and sponsor TransAlta Corporation, which owns around 60% of the firm.

Today, TransAlta Renewables owns or has interests in around 50 power generation facilities focused primarily on wind and natural gas assets, with hydro and solar facilities accounting for a much smaller portion of cash flow.
Source: TransAlta Renewables Annual Report

The firm has navigated volatile power prices to pay uninterrupted dividends since going public in 2013. This reflects the highly contracted nature of TransAlta's infrastructure assets.

With an average contract length of 11 years, the firm's facilities generate predictable cash flow from fixed-fee power purchase agreements (PPAs) with creditworthy customers such as utilities and industrial companies, which buy the energy TransAlta generates.

While the firm's risk profile is also reduced by its moderate financial leverage, TransAlta's business model can still face challenges from unplanned facility outages, unfavorable weather conditions, PPA renewals at lower rates, and a high dependency on tapping capital markets for growth financing since most cash flow is distributed to shareholders.

Investors who are comfortable with these risks and the tax implications of owning a Canadian stock may be attracted to the company's long-term runway as demand for clean energy rises in the decades ahead.

Monthly Dividend Stock #8: Gladstone Investment Corporation

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 6.9% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 12 years

Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN) formed in 2005 as an externally-managed business development company (BDC) providing equity and secured debt financing to small private businesses.

Unlike most of its peers which prioritize loan investments, equity securities account for around one-third of the small-cap BDC's portfolio. This provides Gladstone Investment with more upside in the management buyout transactions it helps fund.

Equity investments are riskier, but the firm bases its monthly dividend on interest income earned from its loan portfolio, which consists primarily of first-lien secured debt that gets paid back first if a borrower defaults.

This has helped Gladstone Investment pay uninterrupted dividends since 2010 while frequently paying out supplemental dividends tied to capital gains on investment exits.

Investors should note that the BDC's portfolio consists of only around 25 companies spread across just over a dozen industries, providing limited diversification compared to many of its peers.
Source: GAIN Investor Presentation

However, management participates on the boards of its portfolio companies to help drive value creation and takes a long-term approach, investing in less than 60 companies since GAIN went public in 2005.
 
Management also focuses on established, cash-flow positive businesses rather than early-stage companies and runs the BDC with relatively low leverage to reduce risk.  

Despite its smaller size and higher mix of equity holdings, Gladstone Investment has proven over time to be one of the better managed BDCs with a solid performance track record.

Monthly Dividend Stock #9: Gladstone Land

Sector: Real Estate – Specialized REITs
Dividend Yield: 2.7% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 7 years

With roots tracing back to 1997, Gladstone Land (LAND) is an externally-managed agricultural REIT which owns more than 150 farms across over a dozen states.
Source: Gladstone Land Investor Presentation

The company's farms are leased to more than 80 farming tenants who grow about 60 different types of mostly specialty crops (rather than commodities such as corn and soybeans).

Leases run up to 10 years, and the farmers are typically responsible for covering property insurance, maintenance, and taxes. Over 90% of revenue is from fixed rent payments, with most of the rest from revenue-sharing agreements tied to a farm's crop sales.

Gladstone Land's small size and external management structure may turn off some dividend investors. But the REIT's monthly dividend, which has been paid without interruption since the firm went public in 2013, has become more sustainable in recent years as cash flow coverage has improved and leverage has come down.

With farmland representing a solid long-term inflation hedge, Gladstone Land may appeal to investors despite its lower dividend yield compared to other companies on our list of monthly dividend stocks.

Monthly Dividend Stock #10: SLR Investment Corp.

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 11.5% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 7 years

Founded in 2007, SLR Investment Corp. (SLRC) is an externally-managed business development company (BDC). Unlike most of its peers, SLRC boasts a BBB- investment grade credit rating and has paid uninterrupted dividends since 2014.

SLR's unusual resilience in this volatile industry reflects the firm's moderate use of leverage and well-diversified portfolio focused on relatively lower-risk investments. 

The BDC balances its investments across cash flow loans to private equity-backed companies, asset-based loans, equipment financing, and life science loans made to late-stage drug and medical device companies backed by venture capital firms.

Working with over 700 companies across more than 100 industries, SLR is not overly dependent on any single investment with an average exposure of just 0.1% of the total portfolio. 

Nearly all of SLR's investments are first-lien secured loans, too. These securities are paid first when a borrower defaults and give SLR the right to seize property if its loans are not repaid, reducing the risk of major loan losses during recessions.

Management seeks to further reduce risk by working primarily with companies in non-cyclical industries, with SLR's largest industry exposures tied to areas such as healthcare, diversified financials firms, life sciences, and recurring software businesses. 

It's also worth noting that, all else equal, SLR's net investment income and dividend coverage benefit from rising interest rates. Most of the firm's loan investments have floating rates, whereas SLR's debt has primarily fixed interest rates. 

While SLR is not immune to the BDC industry's cyclicality, the company's conservative underwriting approach, diversified portfolio, and more disciplined approach to leverage give it a better chance of sustaining its monthly dividend over a full economic cycle.

Monthly Dividend Stock #11: Phillips Edison

Sector: Real Estate – Retail REITs
Dividend Yield: 3.5% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unrated
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

Founded in 1991, Phillips Edison (PECO) owns around 300 grocery-anchored shopping centers located in secondary or suburban markets, with the Sun Belt region driving roughly half of rent.

The midsized retail REIT has a short track record having gone public in 2021, but PECO looks like one of the more reliable stocks that pay monthly dividends.

Grocery chains such as Kroger, Publix, and Safeway account for around one-third of PECO's rent, providing a stable source of cash flow and reliable foot traffic for surrounding tenants, none of which account for more than 2% of rent.
Source: PECO Investor Presentation

Management also estimates that roughly 70% of PECO's rent comes from tenants providing necessity-based goods and services, providing some insulation from the continued rise of online shopping.

With high occupancy, a conservative payout ratio, dependable rental income (net operating income fell just 4% in 2020 during the pandemic), and a BBB- credit rating, PECO looks poised to keep its monthly dividend safe and growing.

While we do not yet rate PECO for Dividend Safety due to its lower popularity with income investors, we see a case to be made for a Safe rating when the time comes.

Monthly Dividend Stock #12: EPR Properties

Sector: Real Estate – Experiential REITs
Dividend Yield: 8.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Formed in 1997, EPR Properties (EPR) owns over 350 experiential properties including movie theaters (around 40% of rent), eat and play concepts such as Top Golf and indoor karting (over 20% of rent), waterpark and amusement parks, skiing, lodging, and casinos.
Source: EPR Website

The 2020 pandemic forced many of these properties to temporarily close. EPR suspended its dividend for almost one year in response, marking the REIT's second dividend cut since it began making payouts in 1998.
 
The other cut occurred during the 2008-09 financial crisis. During recessions, consumers cut back on discretionary purchases, including many of the experiences offered at EPR's properties.
 
This can strain the financial health of EPR's tenants, many of which have junk credit ratings such as AMC and Top Golf (each over 15% of EPR's total rent). 
 
EPR must also contend with an uncertain long-term outlook for movie theaters as streaming challenges the traditional box office business model.

The company's theaters enjoy some insulation from this trend as most of them serve food and beverages, have quality locations, and sit in the top half of theaters nationwide for box office revenue generated.
 
Looking ahead, BBB- rated EPR expects to diversify its tenant and industry concentration through acquisitions, with hopes to materially shrink its exposure to movie theaters.

This would lower the risk of EPR's rental revenue stream, which otherwise enjoys stability thanks to the REIT's long-term triple-net leases. 

But given the cyclicality of EPR's tenants and their generally suspect credit profiles, investors considering EPR for its monthly dividend need a strong stomach for risk when the tide goes out.

Monthly Dividend Stock #13: SL Green Realty

Sector: Real Estate – Office REITs
Dividend Yield: 9.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 12 years

SL Green Realty (SLG), Manhattan's largest office landlord, has roots tracing back to 1980 and holds interests in over 60 buildings located in the New York metropolitan area.
Source: SL Green Website

The REIT generates the vast majority of its income from high-quality Manhattan office properties. These Class A buildings sport higher occupancy rates and rents per square foot compared to most of SL Green's peers.

With long-term leases to mostly investment-grade tenants such as ViacomCBS and Credit Suisse, SL Green's property portfolio has historically generated consistent rental income from which to pay a healthy monthly dividend.

The pandemic has blurred the outlook for office demand due to the rise of hybrid and remote work. SLG is not immune from this risk, but its quality properties, diversified tenant base (none greater than 6% of revenue) and staggered lease expirations (no more than 10% of leases expire any single year through 2029) provide some insulation.

SL Green has paid uninterrupted dividends after axing its payout during the 2008-09 financial crisis, when its bank-focused tenant base fell on hard times and capital markets froze up.

Assuming occupancy and rental rates for Class A office properties hold steady in the face of evolving working arrangements, BBB- rated SL Green has potential to keep paying predictable monthly dividends to investors who believe in the staying power of Manhattan's office workers.

Monthly Dividend Stock #14: Apple Hospitality

Sector: Real Estate – Hotel and Resort REITs
Dividend Yield: 5.7% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Apple Hospitality (APLE) formed in 2007 and owns over 200 hotels located across more than 30 states.

The mid-cap REIT's hotels contract with third-party hotel management companies, primarily Marriott and Hilton, to operate their locations.
Source: Apple Hospitality Website

Most REITs receive fixed rent payments from their tenants, insulating their cash flow from underlying trends in the industries they serve.
 
Apple Hospitality and most hotel REITs are different. The company is directly exposed to the operating results of its properties, with revenue driven by hotel occupancy and room rates.

Similarly, Apple Hospitality foots the bill for direct room operating expenses, marketing, utilities, maintenance and renovation costs, and management fees paid to Marriott and Hilton.

Coupled with the cyclical nature of the lodging industry, this high-fixed-cost business results in volatile cash flow over a full economic cycle.

When the pandemic struck, sapping demand for travel and events, Apple Hospital suspended its dividend for nearly two years as revenue plunged more than 50%.

The next downturn is unlikely to be as harsh as the pandemic was for hotel REITs. But income investors still need a strong stomach for volatility to hold these businesses. 

For those who are comfortable with the lodging industry's risks, Apple Hospitality is one of the better REITs in the space with relatively newer properties, an association with trusted hotel brands, geographical diversification, and a decent balance sheet.

Monthly Dividend Stock #15: PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 10.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 10 years

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (PFLT) has paid uninterrupted dividends since going public in 2011, giving the externally-managed business development company (BDC) one of the best dividend track records in its industry.

PennantPark lends to somewhat smaller companies compared to most of its peers. While these businesses can be more likely to default during downturns, management mitigates this risk with the types of investments the firm pursues.

First lien senior secured debt accounts for the vast majority of PennantPark's portfolio. These loans are paid back first when a borrower defaults, and most of PennantPark's loans have covenants which further help protect the firm's capital.

PennantPark's portfolio spans more than 100 companies, with a strong focus on less cyclical industries such as business services, consumer, government services and defense, healthcare, and software and technology. 

Management targets high-growth businesses in these areas. In many cases, PennantPark is part of the first institutional capital into a company where a founder is selling their business to a private equity firm, which provides equity support as it seeks to grow the firm.

With the opportunity to make an equity co-investment in many of these deals, PennantPark can participate in the upside of these deals. All of its loans have floating rates as well, lifting the firm's net investment income when interest rates rise.

Overall, PennantPark has a solid operational track record and maintains a diversified portfolio invested in securities with more protection from loan defaults. Income investors considering the stock still have to be comfortable with the BDC industry's cyclicality, though. 

Monthly Dividend Stock #16: Gladstone Commercial

Sector: Real Estate – Diversified REITs
Dividend Yield: 8.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 18 years

Gladstone Commercial (GOOD) has paid uninterrupted dividends since 2004, giving it one of the best income track records of any monthly dividend stock.

The small-cap, externally-managed REIT was formed in 2003 and owns over 130 industrial and office properties leased to more than 100 different tenants in around 20 industries.
Source: Gladstone Commercial Investor Presentation

Despite the firm's relatively small size, Gladstone Commercial's portfolio is reasonably diversified with no tenant exceeding 4% of total rent and no industry exposure greater than 15%.

Management has also done a nice job filling the REIT's properties with creditworthy tenants. Since 2003, occupancy has not dipped below 95%, and only two tenants have defaulted across the 100-plus properties Gladstone Commercial has invested in.

That said, Gladstone Commercial has run its business with aggressive financial policies. The REIT's dividend regularly exceeds the firm's adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), a metric that is similar to free cash flow for REITs. And leverage has held at a high level.

These qualities reduce Gladstone Commercial's margin of safety to maintain its payout in the event of any unexpected weakness.
 
Income investors considering the stock need to place a lot of trust on management's ongoing commitment to a steady monthly dividend: 

 "We don't cut the dividend. I own a lot of stock and... I like my dividend."
– CEO & Founder David Gladstone, March 2020

Monthly Dividend Stock #17: Gladstone Capital Corporation

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 8.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Founded in 2001, Gladstone Capital Corporation (GLAD) was one of the first business development companies (BDCs) focused on making loans to relatively small, private U.S. businesses.

Compared to most of its peers, Gladstone Capital lends to smaller businesses which can be riskier given their fewer financial resources. However, most of these companies are backed by private equity, giving them additional managerial oversight and sources of capital.

Gladstone Capital is also one of the smaller BDCs in the market and has a somewhat less diversified portfolio as a result. The firm holds only around 50 portfolio companies spread across roughly a dozen different industries.

To mitigate its somewhat more concentrated portfolio, Gladstone Capital avoids financial services, high-tech companies, and commodity or cyclical businesses. These firms can have greater downside risk when the tide goes out.
 
Gladstone Capital has also prioritized first-lien debt, which gets paid back first when a borrower defaults and now accounts for over 70% of the portfolio compared to around 50% in past years.

Overall, Gladstone Capital's strategy has managed to deliver mostly reliable dividends since the externally-managed BDC made its first payout in 2002, recording just two cuts – a 50% reduction in 2009 and a 7% cut during the 2020 pandemic.

With most of its loans carrying variable interest rates, Gladstone Capital's net investment income falls when rates decline. This tends to happen during recessions when the Fed steps in to ease financial conditions.

Coupled with Gladstone Capital's high payout ratio and modest leverage, this can cause the dividend to track net investment income lower. 

Income investors considering Gladstone Capital should be comfortable with this ever-present possibility, as well as the firm's smaller portfolio, higher mix of second-lien debt, and focus on smaller businesses with subprime credit profiles. 

Monthly Dividend Stock #18: LTC Properties

Sector: Real Estate – Health Care REITs
Dividend Yield: 5.8% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 19 years

LTC Properties (LTC) began in 1992 providing mortgages to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). While financing activities still account for around one-fifth of revenue, LTC now primarily acts as a landlord to over 30 SNF and senior housing operators who lease the small-cap REIT's roughly 200 properties.

LTC's tenants provide essential services for seniors and should enjoy higher patient volumes over time due to America's aging population. These factors have helped the company pay uninterrupted dividends since 2003.

However, most of LTC's tenants operate on razor-thin margins due to past changes to government health policy and the pandemic's adverse impact on industry occupancy rates and operating costs.

With many tenants' rent coverage stretched, especially if government aid from stimulus passed in 2020 is excluded, LTC may be forced to restructure more of its leases if the industry's occupancy does not recover fast enough to restore operators' profits.

LTC's five largest tenants account for nearly half of the REIT's revenue, making for an even murkier outlook as management navigates these challenges while trying to keep the firm's monthly dividend covered.

Overall, LTC is a well-managed firm operating in a difficult industry that faces numerous risks outside of management's control. While the REIT has been resilient in maintaining the dividend, conservative income investors may want to look at other stocks given LTC's wider range of outcomes.

Monthly Dividend Stock #19: Horizon Technology

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 10.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 4 years

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (HRZN) commenced operations in 2008 and lends primarily to development-stage companies in the technology, life science, healthcare technology, and sustainability industries.
Source: Horizon Technology Investor Presentation

The externally-managed business development company (BDC) provides a way for income investors to gain exposure to venture capital-backed growth stage companies via Horizon's secured loans and warrants to purchase stock, which provide capital appreciation potential.
 
However, from biotechs to medical device makers and software providers, many of these disruptive portfolio companies face uncertain futures. Most of Horizon's loan investments sport yields well above 10% to reflect this risk.
 
While management spreads Horizon's bets across around 50 debt investments and has only reduced the dividend twice since 2010, conservative investors may prefer to stick with larger BDCs that have more diversified portfolios.

Monthly Dividend Stock #20: Prospect Capital

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 9.3% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 3 years

One of the largest and oldest business development companies (BDCs), Prospect Capital (PSEC) was founded in 2004 and has several attractive qualities at first glance.

PSEC's scale enables it to target larger, more credit-worthy companies with one-stop financing options. The firm's relatively low use of leverage earns it a BBB- investment grade credit rating. And PSEC's portfolio is spread across over 100 investments and dozens of industries.
Source: PSEC Investor Presentation

However, PSEC has historically struggled to create shareholder value and maintain its dividend, which has undergone two large cuts over the past decade. The BDC's external management structure and riskier investment portfolio are the main culprits. 

Despite its large size for a BDC, PSEC has an external management team in which it pays an outside investment advisor various fees to run its business.

Part of this arrangement includes a base management fee calculated an annual rate of 2% on PSEC's total assets, incentivizing the advisor to grow the business at any cost.

Debt and cash that is not yet invested are included in PSEC's asset calculations, too. Management can sell new shares and take on more debt to grow its fees, even if the resulting shareholder dilution destroys value over time.

PSEC has done this for years, with the resulting dilution and management fees causing the firm's net asset value (NAV) to steadily decline. NAV takes a company's total assets and subtracts out its liabilities, effectively representing the net worth a business.  

Further complicating PSEC's outlook is its investment portfolio, which has less exposure to first-lien secured loans compared to most of its peers. This creates greater potential for credit losses during downturns when defaults rise.

PSEC also has higher exposure to riskier areas such as class B and C real estate and residual interests in collateralized loan obligations (CLO). 

The bottom line is that PSEC's strengths are offset by its weaknesses, which make an investment in this monthly dividend payer a riskier bet over a full economic cycle.

Monthly Dividend Stock #21: Whitestone REIT

Sector: Real Estate – Retail REITs
Dividend Yield: 5.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Founded in 1998, Whitestone REIT (WSR) owns around 60 shopping centers located primarily in Arizona and Texas.
Source: Whitestone Website

These properties are leased to more than 1,500 retail tenants, including restaurants, grocers, financial services firms, salons, and medical practices.

While the small-cap REIT's shopping centers are based in major metropolitan areas with above-average household incomes and population growth rates, they also represent concentrated bets.

Phoenix and Houston drive the majority of Whitestone's net operating income, and the REIT's largest property accounts for around 10% of revenue.

Any unexpected setbacks across key markets and properties could weigh on Whitestone's outlook, especially since the firm focuses on acquiring and turning around weaker properties that have historically been mismanaged, over leveraged, or foreclosed.

This growth strategy has more than doubled Whitestone's revenue since 2013, but it has not created much value for shareholders. 

The company's adjusted funds from operations per share (similar to free cash flow for REITs) is lower today than it was back then, with management reaping the majority of benefits in the form of higher compensation.

Whitestone also cut its monthly dividend by 63% during the pandemic, addressing the firm's unsustainable payout ratio and high debt load.

Overall, Whitestone's small size, concentrated operations in lower-quality properties, stretched balance sheet, and questionable long-term track record make the company less attractive for conservative income investors. 

Monthly Dividend Stock #22: Stellus Capital

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 8.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Stellus Capital (SCM), an externally-managed business development company (BDC), went public in 2012 and switched to paying dividends monthly in 2014.

The firm has only cut its dividend once, a 26% reduction during the 2020 pandemic when management temporarily switched to a quarterly payout cadence as falling interest rates pressured Stellus's investment income.

As a BDC, Stellus provides debt capital to relatively small, private businesses with subprime credit profiles. Most of the companies Stellus finances are backed by private equity sponsors.

Management likes lending to so-called sponsored companies because their private equity backers provide an additional layer of governance and can put in new funding to help the company achieve its goals or address problems.

Stellus originates almost all of the loan investments it makes, giving management the opportunity to negotiate covenants, financial reporting disclosures, prepayment penalties, and other clauses that reduce the firm's risk.

Stellus also invests over 80% of its portfolio in first-lien secured loans, which are paid off first when a borrower defaults. Coupled with a focus on businesses with low capital intensity and minimal commodity exposure, this reduces risk of major loan losses during recessions.

Management emphasizes diversification across the BDC's portfolio as well. Stellus seeks to limit positions to 2.5% of the portfolio's value to avoid being overly exposed to any company that underperforms.
Source: Stellus Investor Presentation

Despite its defensive qualities, Stellus may not appeal to conservative investors due to its small size. This makes it harder to raise capital and can result in a more volatile stock price during downturns. With under 100 investments, the BDC's portfolio is less diversified than many others, too. 

Stellus's payout ratio has also historically averaged a touch over 100%, providing no margin of safety to absorb credit losses or unfavorable interest rate fluctuations on its mostly floating rate loans.

As a result, Stellus's monthly dividend may face higher risk of being cut whenever the next recession hits.

Monthly Dividend Stock #23: Broadmark Realty Capital

Sector: Financials – Commercial Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 10.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

Founded in 2010, Broadmark Realty Capital (BRMK) specializes in originating short-term real estate loans tied primarily to the construction and development of multifamily properties such as townhomes and apartments, as well as commercial real estate including medical offices, retail, and hotels.

Construction loans carry higher risks than most other forms of lending. Cost overruns and delays can break initial budgets, developers may fail to secure long-term financing upon completing their work, and Broadmark must gauge how much to lend based on its estimated value of a finished project rather than an established asset.

These factors, coupled with the relatively small real estate investors, developers, and commercial borrowers Broadmark works with, result in a high credit risk profile as reflected by the double-digit interest rates carried by the firm's portfolio of loans.

Broadmark attempts to mitigate this risk by spreading its investments across over 200 loans, using minimal leverage, and focusing completely on senior secured loans, which get paid first when a borrower defaults.

The mortgage REIT's lending policy also limits the amount of each loan to a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 65%, reducing the risk of major loan losses while providing a buffer to the borrower to eventually refinance the property. 
 
That said, investing in Broadmark requires a strong stomach for risk whenever the economy heads south and defaults rise.

A souring outlook, coupled with a very aggressive payout ratio, resulted in a 50% dividend cut in November 2022. Rising loan defaults and a growing number of foreclosed properties in a recession could further stress Broadmark's dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock #24: Ellington Financial

Sector: Financials – Hybrid Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 12.9% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

Founded in 2007, Ellington Financial (EFC) is an externally-managed mortgage REIT with an investment portfolio spanning residential and commercial mortgages, consumer loans, and corporate loan sectors.

Unlike many mortgage REITs which concentrate on a single type of investment such as agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Ellington's diversified portfolio gives management more flexibility to allocate capital opportunistically over various interest rate and economic cycles.

Agency MBS account for around one-third of Ellington's assets. These securities generate cash flows from pools of residential mortgage loans backed by Fannie Mae and other government-sponsored entities. 

While credit risk is very low in this business, interest rate sensitivity is high. 

MBS have longer durations with mostly fixed rates, while Ellington borrows primarily using short-term financing with variable interest rates. Shifts in the yield curve can reduce the margin Ellington earns, even despite management's best attempts at hedging. 

Ellington's credit portfolio, which drives the remainder of the business, helps reduce the volatility of the firm's investment returns. 

This division invests in everything from non-qualifying (i.e. higher risk) residential mortgages, non-agency MBS, and reverse mortgages to bridge loans, commercial MBS, and non-performing loans. 

With shorter durations and lower leverage, Ellington's credit investments have much less sensitivity to interest rate fluctuations than the agency business. 

Risk of loan losses is much higher in this space, but the firm's credit segment provides diversification to protect Ellington from being overly exposed to an area that falls on hard times.
 
That said, the mortgage REIT and its monthly dividend are not immune to the industry's challenges caused by high leverage, high payout ratios, and elevated interest rate sensitivity. 
 
Ellington's annualized dividend per share has wavered between $1.50 and $3.00 over most of the firm's corporate life as it has ridden numerous economic cycles. 

During the last downturn in 2020, when asset values plunged and some of Ellington's lenders became more anxious about the value of their collateral, Ellington slashed its dividend by nearly 50% to preserve liquidity.

The dividend returned to its pre-Covid levels around one year later, but investors considering this hybrid mortgage REIT need to be comfortable with this type of volatility. 

Ellington's diversification makes it a somewhat more attractive pick in its industry, but most mortgage REITs aren't designed to deliver safe monthly dividends.

Monthly Dividend Stock #25: Ellington Residential

Sector: Financials – Residential Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 13.4% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Formed in 2012, Ellington Residential (EARN) is an externally-managed mortgage REIT focused on owning a portfolio of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), which represent claims to cash flows from pools of residential mortgage loans.

Since the principal and interest payments backing these securities are guaranteed by government entities, agency MBS have minimal credit risk and relatively low yields.

To generate more income to support its large monthly dividend, Ellington Residential uses substantial leverage to boost the size of its portfolio.

Repurchase agreements, or repos, account for the vast majority of Ellington Residential's debt and require the firm to pledge its investment securities in exchange for funding from lenders.

Repos typically mature every few months and carry floating interest rates. This is in contrast to the agency MBS the mortgage REIT invests in, which generally pay fixed interest rates and have effective durations spanning at least several years.

The spread between Ellington Residential's variable borrowing costs and MBS investment yields expands and contracts throughout a market cycle. 

A sharp uptick in short-term rates result in the firm's borrowing costs moving higher quickly, reducing profits. If longer-term rates have also jumped, Ellington Residential can gradually rotate its portfolio into higher-yielding MBS to improve profits over time.

Managing large swings in interest rates and mortgage spreads has proven difficult for most mortgage REITs despite numerous attempts to hedge rates, mortgage prepayments, and credit risks.

Coupled with the firm's high payout ratio, a standard in this industry, Ellington Residential has a long history of dividend cuts, including a 20% payout reduction in May 2022 when rising interest rates pressured the firm's net interest margin.

As conservative income investors, our preference would be to invest in monthly dividend stocks outside the residential mortgage REIT space.

Monthly Dividend Stock #26: Oxford Square Capital

Sector: Financials – Business Development Companies
Dividend Yield: 14.0% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Oxford Square Capital (OXSQ), an externally-managed business development company (BDC) formed in 2003, invests in corporate loans and collateralized loan obligations (CLO) that provide capital to relatively small, private businesses that can't access traditional financing from banks.
 
These borrowers tend to be highly levered companies that are considered below investment grade. Many of Oxford's loans carry double-digit yields reflecting their elevated credit risk. 

Compared to some of its peers, Oxford invests more aggressively. The firm's portfolio contains mostly second-lien secured debt and CLO equity, with first-lien debt making up the remainder. 
 
In the event of a borrower's insolvency, second-lien debt is second in line to be repaid after first-lien debt is paid off. And CLO equity is even riskier as it absorbs the CLO's losses before any of the CLO's other tranches while also having the lowest level of payment priority.
 
These securities generally have floating interest rates that can increase Oxford's income during a period of rising rates and help keep the value of its portfolio steady. But junk loans and CLO equity exposure can cause trouble during recessions when loan defaults spike and Oxford's leverage magnifies losses. 
 
Despite investing most of its portfolio in more stable industries such as business services, software, and healthcare, Oxford slashed its dividend by 48% during the 2020 pandemic. And during the 2007-09 financial crisis, the company's payout declined by 58%.

Other BDCs such as Main Street Capital (MAIN) also pay monthly dividends but invest more conservatively and have greater diversification compared to Oxford, which invests in less than 75 portfolio companies. Dividend investors valuing stability over a full cycle should look elsewhere.

Monthly Dividend Stock #27: Dynex Capital

Sector: Financials – Residential Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 12.2% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Dynex Capital (DX), an internally-managed residential mortgage REIT founded in 1988, has cut its dividend seven times since the beginning of 2013, with its most recent cut occurring in June 2020 when the firm reduced its payout by 13%.

Investing over 90% of its portfolio in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Dynex's interest-rate sensitive business model makes it hard for the company to pay reliable dividends over a full economic cycle.

The payment of principal and interest on these residential mortgage loans are guaranteed by government-sponsored organizations, so most of the firm's investments are AAA rated and offer low yields around 2% to 5%.

That's not enough to support a large monthly dividend, so Dynex uses repurchase agreements, or repos, to boost its earnings and dividend power. With repos, the company pledges its investment securities (i.e. agency MBS) in exchange for short-term funding from lenders.

Dynex's repos have floating interest rates and typically mature within a couple of months. But most of its agency MBS have fixed interest rates and long-term maturities. This mismatch in duration and rate variability creates several challenges.

Periods of rising interest rates or a relatively flat or inverted yield curve decrease the spread between the interest payments Dynex earns on its long-term investments and the interest payments it makes on its short-term borrowings.

This inevitable profit squeeze over a full economic cycle can quickly stress dividend coverage since mortgage REITs are required to pay out the vast majority of their profits. 

Dynex's reliance on repo funding creates additional risks during downturns, when the value of assets posted as collateral declines or lenders require a larger margin of safety. This can force firms like Dynex to provide additional securities or cash at an inopportune time.

Overall, an investment in Dynex is not for the faint of heart. Interest rate spreads, hedging gains and losses, repo market funding, mortgage prepayments, use of leverage, and the industry's aggressive payout policy all create risks for the dividend over time.

Monthly Dividend Stock #28: AGNC

Sector: Financials – Residential Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 15.2% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

AGNC (AGNC) commenced operations in 2008 and invests predominantly in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS).
 
Agency MBS represent interests in pools of mortgage loans secured by residential real property. The principal and interest payments tied to agency MBS are backed by government-sponsored agencies such as Fannie Mae.
 
Given the minimal credit risk of these securities and their correspondingly low yields, the internally-managed mortgage REIT employs high leverage to boost the size of its portfolio and the income it generates.
 
Similar to other residential mortgage REITs, AGNC's debt consists primarily of repurchase agreements, or repos, in which the company pledges its MBS in exchange for funding.
 
Repos typically have variable interest rates and mature within a few months, but most of AGNC's investments have fixed interest payments and long-term maturities.

As a result, the spread AGNC earns between its MBS and borrowing costs can get squeezed when short-term interest rates rise and the yield curve flattens or inverts. Efforts to hedge interest rate fluctuations are only so effective given the number of variables in play.

Coupled with the firm's significant leverage, which can cause problems during downturns when lenders become more anxious, AGNC has not been a reliably monthly dividend payer over a full economic cycle. 

In fact, the mortgage REIT's dividend has declined around 10% annually over the past decade, including a 25% cut during the 2020 pandemic when MBS values plunged and repo funding markets locked up. 

AGNC has maintained a more modest payout ratio following the pandemic, and its larger size and internal management team give it one of the lowest cost structure in the industry.

While these factors may make AGNC more dependable than most of its smaller, externally-managed peers with more aggressive financial practices, conservative income investors prioritizing safe dividends should look elsewhere for monthly dividend stocks.

Monthly Dividend Stock #29: Armour Residential REIT

Sector: Financials – Residential Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 21.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

Founded in 2008, Armour Residential REIT (ARR) is an externally-managed mortgage REIT focused on owning agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS).
 
Agency MBS represent claims to cash flows from pools of mortgage loans, usually on single-family homes, with their payment guaranteed by government-sponsored organizations such as Fannie Mae.

These largely AAA-rated securities offer low yields, reflecting their minimal credit risk. To boost its income and support an attractive monthly dividend, ARR uses substantial leverage to increase the size of its portfolio.

ARR's debt consists mostly of repurchase agreements, or repos, in which the firm pledges its investment securities in exchange for funding from lenders.

Repos generally have floating interest rates and mature within a few months. But most of ARR's agency MBS pay fixed interest rates and have long-term maturities. 

This mismatch in interest rate variability and duration can pressure earnings when short-term interest rates rise and the yield curve flattens or inverts, decreasing the spread between the interest payments on ARR's MBS and the firm's borrowing costs.

Coupled with ARR's high leverage and the less reliable nature of repo funding during market downturns, the mortgage REIT has struggled to pay steady monthly dividends over time.
 
In fact, ARR's dividend has declined by 20% annually over the last decade. While ARR has held its dividend flat since mid-2020, conservative investors seeking stocks that can pay reliable dividends each month over a full economic cycle should look elsewhere.

Monthly Dividend Stock #30: Orchid Island Capital

Sector: Financials – Residential Mortgage REITs
Dividend Yield: 18.1% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 0 years

Orchid Island Capital (ORC) has a long history of double-digit dividend cuts since the externally-managed mortgage REIT went public in 2013, including a 29% reduction announced in August 2022.

Taking on significant leverage to invest in residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS), Orchid's profits are driven by the difference between the yield on its long-duration, fixed-rate MBS and the cost of its short-term borrowings, which generally have floating interest rates.

Rising borrowing costs and a flattening yield curve shrink Orchid's profits, stressing the mortgage REIT's high payout ratio and leading to dividend cuts over a full cycle. 

Orchid also maintains aggressive leverage, relying on repurchase agreements to fund its investments. This form of short-term financing can be less dependable during downturns when anxious lenders demand more collateral, potentially forcing poorly timed asset sales to meet margin calls. 

Although agency MBS have extremely low credit risk because their payments are backed by federal agencies such as Fannie Mae, the mortgage REIT business model of high leverage, high payout ratios, and high interest rate sensitivity makes this a challenging place for reliable monthly dividends.

Investors comfortable with these risks may want to look for mortgage REITs with lower-cost internally-managed structures, more moderate leverage, and less dependence on repurchase agreements. Annaly Capital Management (NLY) is one example, though it pays dividends quarterly rather than monthly.

Monthly Dividend Stock #31: Sabine Royalty Trust

Sector: Energy – Oil and Gas Royalties
Dividend Yield: 9.9% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Very Unsafe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 1 year

Sabine Royalty Trust (SBR) is not a reliable stock for steady monthly dividends. The trust was formed in 1982 and owns royalty interests in producing and undeveloped oil and gas properties. 

Sabine owns over 2 million acres in some of the most prominent producing basins, including the Permian (44% of total acres), Gulf Coast (17%), and Anadarko (13%).

Oil and gas exploration and production companies pay Sabine a cut of their proceeds when they extract and sell energy commodities from properties the trust has a royalty interest in. The trust has no other assets and does not engage in production activities itself.

The trust's monthly distributions hinge on the prices realized from the sale of crude oil and natural gas. These commodities frequently experience large and sudden swings in price, which have caused Sabine's variable payouts to fall as much as 50% in a year.

A sustained drop in energy prices can further hurt Sabine's revenue if drillers reduce their production volumes to conserve capital. 

Estimating future production and drilling activity depends on fuzzy oil and gas price forecasts. But the trust's reserves, or the amount of oil and gas estimated to be recoverable, have an estimated life span of 8 to 10 years.

If realized, this means Sabine's properties would run out of production in about a decade, and the trust would wind down. (The trust otherwise does not have a specific end date.)

However, Sabine's reserves have had a similar estimated life span for decades. Oil and gas companies have had success developing more properties to replace the trust's depleting reserves, but it is admittedly challenging to assess whether that will continue.

Income investors considering Sabine should be comfortable with the potential for the trust to wind down in a ecade, at which point its large monthly distribution will also come to an end.

Monthly Dividend Stock #32: Shaw Communications

Sector: Communications – Cable and Satellite
Dividend Yield: 3.4% (as of 11/22/22)
Dividend Safety Score: Borderline Safe
Uninterrupted Dividend Streak: 25 years

Based in Canada, Shaw Communications (SJR) agreed in early 2021 to be acquired by Rogers Communications (ROG). The deal has not yet closed due to antitrust concerns.
 
The companies have agreed to divest Shaw's wireless business to appease regulators. Investors won't know the outcome until another court hearing.

The companies have changed the merger's deadline to December 31, 2022, with the option to extend it to January 31, 2023.

Until more is known about whether the merger will close, income investors should look at other companies on our monthly dividend stocks list.

Micro-Cap and OTC Monthly Dividend Stocks

Unlike the 32 monthly dividend stocks analyzed above, the 19 companies below trade over-the-counter (OTC) and/or are micro-cap stocks.

These stocks tend to be highly illiquid, have more concentrated operations, and may not have to meet any minimum financial standards unlike stocks traded on major exchanges.

Conservative income investors should avoid these securities. That said, we ranked the list of micro-cap and OTC monthly dividend stocks below in order from least to most risky.

  • Global Water Resources (GWRS) formed in 2003 and has paid monthly dividends without interruption since going public in 2016. The firm owns and operates over 20 water and wastewater utilities in communities around Phoenix, Arizona. With new connections in existing service areas, acquisitions, and utility rate increases, Global Water has an attractive growth profile to support a rising monthly dividend despite its concentrated footprint.

  • Slate Grocery REIT (SRRTF) is based in Canada but owns over 120 U.S. grocery-anchored shopping centers spanning more than 20 states. The small-cap retail REIT earns the majority of its rent from grocery stores and other essential tenants, resulting in a stable cash flow stream that has supported growing monthly dividends since the first payout was made in 2015.

  • BSR REIT (BSRTF), an internally-managed REIT based in Canada, owns around 30 apartments located primarily in suburban Texas. The predictable cash flow generated by this business has enabled BSR to pay uninterrupted monthly dividends since it began making payouts in 2018. The REIT has attractive growth qualities given Texas's faster rate of population growth, but its small size comes with risks.

  • Maxus Realty Trust (MRTI), a micro-cap REIT founded in 1984, owns over 30 apartments located in around a dozen states in the South and Midwest. After suspending its payout during the 2008-09 financial crisis, Maxus has paid uninterrupted dividends and switched to paying dividends monthly in 2015. This seems like a decent business, but income investors can receive a similar dividend yield with much greater diversification and stronger financial health with a larger apartment REIT such as AvalonBay (AVB).

  • CT REIT (CTRRF) owns over 370 mostly single-tenant retail properties across Canada. The REIT enjoys very high occupancy and generates nearly all rent from investment-grade tenants. However, this is driven by the fact that BBB rated Canadian Tire Corporation accounts for the majority of rent. While creating concentration risk, this stable exposure has also enable CT REIT to pay uninterrupted monthly dividends since 2014.

  • Firm Capital Property Trust (FRMUF), a Canadian REIT formed in 1988, owns over 60 commercial properties spanning retail, industrial, apartments, and manufactured housing. The micro-cap company's properties are spread across Canada, and only one tenant exceeds 5% of rent. Firm Capital has raised its monthly dividend every year since 2012 but maintains an aggressive payout ratio. Overall, the firm has created solid value for investors over time.

  • Savaria (SISXF) was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Canada. The small-cap firm provides accessibility solutions such as stairlifts, home elevators, medical beds, and wheelchair lifts for the elderly and physically challenged people. The world's aging population should provide a tailwind for Savaria, which generates consistent cash flow and has paid mostly rising monthly dividends over the years.

  • Diversified Royalty (BEVFF) is headquartered in Canada and owns a small portfolio of trademarks such as Mr. Lube oil change services, Air Miles rewards program, Sutton real estate services, and Nurse Next Door home care services. The capital-light business generates high margins from the royalties it receives and has paid uninterrupted monthly dividends since 2014 outside of a 13% cut during the 2020 pandemic.

  • U.S. Global Investors (GROW) is a boutique investment management firm specializing in actively managed equity and bond strategies with eight mutual funds and two ETFs. The fund's strategies focus on niches such as gold and precious metals, natural resources, emerging markets, and luxury goods. The micro-cap manager's eclectic set of strategies have failed to deliver much shareholder value over the decades, and the dividend has experienced two major cuts since 2007.

  • Modiv (MDV) owns over 40 commercial properties spanning the industrial, office, and retail sectors. The micro-cap REIT's revenue stream has good visibility thanks to long-term leases, but it is dependent on a handful of tenants which each represent around 5% to 10% of annual rent. This concentration, coupled with a high payout ratio and the challenges of raising growth capital on attractive terms at Modiv's size, reduce the stock's appeal.

  • Flagship Communities REIT (FLGMF) owns over 60 manufactured housing communities in Midwest U.S. markets. The Canadian-based REIT benefits from operating in a recession-resistant, highly-fragmented industry with opportunities for continued acquisitive growth. But its small size and high leverage create challenges.

  • Generation Income Properties (GIPR) is one of the smallest monthly dividend stocks, with a market cap below $50 million. The REIT owns around a dozen single-tenant net lease retail properties leased primarily to investment-grade tenants. This can be a great business model at scale, but GIPR's concentrated portfolio creates much higher cash flow risk in the event that any property goes unoccupied.

  • Primaris REIT (PMREF) is based in Canada and owns over a dozen enclosed malls. While the REIT boasts a BBB credit rating and moderate payout ratio target, this business serves less creditworthy tenants such as apparel retailers and must contend with a fuzzy long-term outlook due to the continued rise of online shopping.

  • Timbercreek Financial (TBCRF) was founded in 2016 and is based in Canada. The small-cap stock provides short-duration structured loans to real estate investors secured by commercial real estate, such as multi-residential, office and retail buildings. This business generates steady cash flow when times are good but can rack up credit losses during downturns. Coupled with Timbercreek's small size, the firm's generally stable monthly dividend track record may not be enough to appeal to most investors.

  • Fortitude Gold (FTCO) incorporated in 2020 and generates virtually all of its revenue from  a single property mining gold in Nevada. The debt-free business generates good margins from its surprisingly low-cost operation. But there is a lot of operational and financial risk depending on one property and one commodity to drive the business.

  • Pine Cliff Energy (PIFYF) paid its first monthly dividend in June 2022. Based in Canada, the company primarily explores for and produces natural gas. Profits are tied closely to movements in the price of gas, so it remains to be seen if Pine Cliff can sustain its monthly dividend over a full cycle. Management owns over 10% of the stock and runs the business with no debt, providing some downside protection.

  • Paramount Resources (PRMRF) was founded in 1976 and is based in Canada. The oil and gas exploration and production company is a highly volatile business with profits tied to prevailing energy prices. Coupled with sizable undeveloped reserves that will required substantial capital to develop, the small-cap, B+ rated stock looks unappealing for investors seeking stability.

  • Alpine Summit Energy Partners (ALPS) formed in 2018 and is an energy developer focused on drilling oil and gas wells near Austin, Texas. Drilling economics are tied closely to the price of oil, making for volatile business results over a full economic cycle. Alpine began paying monthly dividends in 2022 as well, giving it a short track record for investors to trust.

  • Tamarack Valley Energy (TNEYF) was incorporated in 2002 and is based in Canada. The B rated firm explores and produces oil, gas, and natural gas liquids in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin. The business has followed an acquisitive growth strategy and maintains low debt levels, but its profits are very sensitive to energy prices. And the stock's performance over the last two decades leaves a lot to be desired.

Closing Thoughts on Monthly Dividend Stocks

Dividend stocks that pay every month appeal to investors desiring a simple retirement income strategy, especially given the high yields offered by most of these securities.

However, while 61 monthly dividend stocks exist, most of them fall into just a handful of industries, possess meaningful risk factors, or are too small for conservative investors to consider.

Stocks should always be purchased based on their business quality and valuation, not their dividend payout schedule.

It's important to remember that most income investors will still create their own monthly dividend portfolios by owning a diversified group of dividend-paying stocks, even if only a few of them pay dividends monthly.

For investors desiring to own stocks with monthly dividends, please remain aware of your risk tolerance and size your positions appropriately.

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