3 dividend stocks I’d buy before 2021

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Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 has been a difficult year for holders of dividend stocks. Due to a swathe of suspensions and cuts, many income investors have suffered reduced cash streams from their portfolios. Equally, those pursuing dividend reinvestment strategies have had opportunities to buy more shares at cheap prices snatched from them.However, looking ahead, a number of companies have reset their dividends for sustainable annual growth. With attractive yields — due to current lower share prices — adding to the improved visibility on their future payouts, here are three dividend stocks I’d buy before 2021.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dividend dynamoRegulator Ofwat has set a tougher pricing regime for the new five-year regulatory period (2020-25) for water companies. It’s also increased performance targets. However, United Utilities (LSE: UU) is confident it can continue its record of earning additional returns from cost efficiencies and beating the regulator’s performance targets.UU’s board has set a new dividend policy. This is for annual increases in line with consumer price index inflation, including housing costs (CPIH). Dividend growth is expected to be lower than under its previous policy of increases at least in line with retail price index inflation (RPI). But I believe UU remains an attractive dividend stock for its relatively predictable earnings and dividends.Buyers of the stock today will pick up this year’s interim dividend, as the ex-dividend date is 17 December. And City analysts’ forecasts for the full-year payout give a sector-leading yield of 4.6%.Dividend stock #2Under a new chief executive, insurer Aviva (LSE: AV) is pursuing a strategy of simplification. It’s focusing on its market-leading businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada. And it’s just set a new dividend policy based on the cash flows from these businesses.As with UU, buyers of AV stock today will bag this year’s interim dividend. The ex-dividend date is 10 December. The board’s also told us the level of the final dividend it expects to pay. Investors can look forward to a juicy yield of 6.3% on the full-year payout. The board expects the dividend to be sustainable and resilient in times of stress. And to grow by low to mid-single digits over time.As an added bonus, the company’s in the process of selling non-core businesses, and pledged to return excess capital to shareholders. In other words, special dividends, or value-enhancing share buybacks, are on the cards.Dividend stock #3My third pick is gold miner Centamin (LSE: CEY). It has a history of generating cash and paying dividends, although operations and production have been somewhat erratic at times.However, this should improve after recent changes in both the boardroom and at the operational management level. The new team is very much focused on investing for operating stability and consistency. It’s positioning its world-class Sukari mine in Egypt to reliably produce 450,000-500,000 ounces of gold per annum.The board intends to distribute at least $104m in total dividends this year and at least $105m in 2021. The company’s already paid this year’s interim dividend ($69m gross), so the final will be lower. However, a $105m payout next year equates to a yield of 5.6% at current exchange rates. As such, CEY is another dividend stock I’d be happy to buy before 2021. Image source: Getty Images There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. G A Chester | Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 | More on: AV CEY UU See all posts by G A Chesterlast_img read more

Youth Center proposes relocating facility

first_img Previous articleECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS: April 1, 2019Next articleClemson wins 4th straight, holds Wake Forest to 39 points Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Workers staff the control room in the Ector County Youth Center. A new location is proposed for the Ector County Youth Center that would move the facility closer to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. With support from the Commissioners’ Court, youth center officials met with architects Thursday to discuss operational needs and design ideas for a new facility. Ector County Juvenile Probation Director Kevin Mann said they hope to have the final concept submitted by mid-May. Mann said problems at the Ector County Youth Center are piling up as the dated facility is stretched to its limits. The 45-year-old youth center struggles to accommodate the county’s increased juvenile population, which is driving intake numbers beyond capacity levels, and facility officials suggest an overhaul is the only option going forward. “It is a concern and an issue that we have got to address as a community,” Ector County Judge Debi Hays said. Mann said the growing juvenile population and the influx of the people coming into the community have contributed to rising referral rates and put the facility in a tough position. Referrals indicate the number of youth that are admitted to the juvenile facility for allegedly committing a criminal act. Ector County has seen a 23 percent increase in overall referrals and a 67 percent increase in felony Jones said aggravated assault and robbery are becoming more common and trending upward especially for female offenders com- On Tuesday, only one bed remained available in the pre-adjudicated hallway. Mann said if two people came in needing to be detained then staff would have to swap one juvenile out and release them back to the community to accommodate the new arrival. “It’s our obligation to keep that kid and remove them from the streets,” Mann said. “A lot of times we can’t do that.” He said having closer to 40-48 beds for those that are pre-adjudicated would be ideal. Mann’s main concern is that the facility is running out of time to modify infrastructure and correct the issues that plague the youth center. He addressed the Commissioners’ Court on March 7 to get the ball rolling before a legislative bill potentially changes the state’s criminal justice system by raising the age of criminal responsibility from 17 to 18. Mann said the legislation is a game changer that could transfer about 275 17 year olds from the Ector County Detention Center to his facility. “The worry is if we don’t get a new facility and raise the age happens, the only way we can absorb that population is to end long-term care,” Mann said. “They still need to be placed at the end of the day and so that means we’re contracting out. It will be just like the sheriff’s office but at a higher cost because our kids are going to cost $150-$200 a day.” The youth center’s director said attending to more and more high-risk juveniles with substance abuse problems, mental health issues or a history of traumatic experiences requires a facility conducive to rehabilitation. “There’s nothing you can do here,” Mann said. “It would be like running a car that’s hit 300,000 miles through a car wash and saying there’s a new car. At the end of the day that’s an old car with an old engine that’s out of date. You can’t add on and you can’t change the layout.” He stood with Jones Tuesday in the building’s epicenter for education: the lunch room. Mann said every room must serve as a multi-purpose room due to space restrictions. The dining area had a strong scent of cleaning products in the air and the sound of staff washing dishes echoed in the background. “How can you sit here and learn when you’re smelling bleach,” Mann said. “These are all things that can be fixed with a different facility and a different design.” Jones said modern detention standards have shifted more toward intervention and rehabilitation programming, which includes having detainees out of their rooms for 10 hours of the day. The facility was not built with that in mind during the 70s. “This is where we have to make a change,” Jones said. “If we don’t then we’re going to tie up the adult system with these same kids.” Mann said issues are at every level in the facility from design, function, maintenance, to safety and security. This week more Band-Aids were placed throughout the facility as crews worked to address plumbing issues and raise an exterior 12-foot wall where two teenage detainees previously escaped in February due to weak spots in the infrastructure’s design. “Ultimately it’s going to come down to Commissioner’s Court,” Mann said. “What do they want for their community, how do they value rehabilitation and how do they value public safety?” Twitter Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 TAGS  Facebookcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Youth Center proposes relocating facility Local News WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more