Having sold most of his shares in Microsoft, Bill Gates doesn’t stand to gain nearly as much from the company’s market-topping Q2 as some of the other big shareholders.
But it’s safe to say that both Gates and his well-known charity will be just fine.
Gates is still worth more than $135 billion, according to Forbes, while the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust remains loaded with winning dividend stocks.
Dividend stocks are a solid way to diversify a portfolio that may be chasing growth a little too fervently. They generate income in both good times and bad, and tend to outdo the S&P 500 over the long-run.
Here are three dividend stocks that occupy significant space in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. It might make sense to follow in its footsteps with some of your spare change.
FedEx Corporation (FDX)
At a time when the global supply chain is bogged down from end-to-end, FedEx’s expertise in providing logistics solutions is more valuable than ever.
And with consumers getting used to having their products delivered to their doors, FedEx has been able to increase both shipping volumes and prices.
After increasing its dividend by almost 37% over the past three years, FedEx now pays investors an annual dividend of $3.00 per share.
The foundation’s portfolio included almost 1.5 million shares of FedEx in the second quarter of 2021. The shares have slipped since then, but Gates’ stake in the company is still worth about $354 million. They’re in line for a roughly $4.5 million dividend payout this year.
FedEx currently offers a dividend yield of 1.3%.
Walmart Inc. (WMT)
With grocery stores deemed essential businesses, Walmart was able to keep its more than 4,700 stores in the U.S. largely open throughout the pandemic.
Not only has the company increased both profits and market share since COVID coughed its way across the country, it has also established itself as a safe bet for investors come the next planet-wide catastrophe.
Gates owns a pile of Walmart shares — about 7.6 million of them. That accounts for about 4.5% of the foundation’s entire stock portfolio.
Walmart has steadily increased its dividends over the past 45 years. Its annual payout is currently $2.20 per share, so the foundation can expect a payment in the neighborhood of $16.7 million from the company in 2021.
Walmart currently trades at roughly $148 per share after a strong rally over the past month. But if you’re on the fence about jumping at such a high price, some investing apps might give you a free share of Walmart just for signing up.
Canadian National Railway Company
Canadian National Railway, or CN, has a 20,000-mile-plus rail network that spans from Canada to Central America. The company has access to all three North American coastlines — the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico — making it unique among North American rail companies.
It’s been a very good 2021 for CN.
In Q2, operating income rose by 76% year over year to $1.1 billion. Meanwhile, revenue reached $2.9 billion.
The Gates foundation owns almost 14 million shares of CN. The company’s quarterly dividend is 61.5 cents, 7% higher than it was last year.
CN shares currently sport a dividend yield of 1.5%.
Gates’ secret weapon
In January of 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates owned more U.S. farmland than anyone else in America. And it’s not hard to see why.
Between 1992 and 2020, farmland returned an average of 11% per year. Over the same time frame, the S&P 500 returned only 8%. And with the global population poised to hit 10 billion by 2050, there will be no shortage of mouths to feed.
Farmland used to be off-limits to the average investor. That’s no longer the case.
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