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The Fed model compares the forward earnings yield of the stock market with 10-year government bond yields. The model assumes that investors view stocks and bonds as competing assets and will purchase whichever asset has a higher yield, according to an article in Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance May 2009 issue.

Income investors will always be in a dilemma over whether to purchase fixed income securities such as bonds, or to buy stocks with competitive yields. Companies that pay generous dividends tend to perform well in an era of mild inflation.

More than half of the total global stock market capitalization is outside the U.S. borders. The reason to have foreign dividend-paying stocks is for income and growth from economies globally, especially in an environment that features weakening US dollar.

14 ADRs With 5%+ Dividends

Prospective foreign companies often come to the U.S. for financing, and that means a greater number of investment opportunities for income investors in ADRs. I go over all foreign companies listed in U.S exchanges (NASDAQ and NYSE). The following are ADRs with dividends higher than 5%, market cap greater than $1 billion and forward P/E lower than 15:

Name (Symbol)
Forward P/E (1yr)
Yield
Market Cap
MAGYAR TELEKOM (MTA)
10
19%
4.17B
ENERSIS S A (NYSE:ENI)
13
11%
637.41B
TELECOM CP N Z (NZT)
13
10%
2.05B
Partner Comm (NASDAQ:PTNR)
3
8%
2.94B
DEUTSCHE TELE AG ADS (DT)
13
7%
68.09B
CPFL ENERGIA SA ADS (NYSE:CPL)
13
7%
9.94B
FRANCE TELECOM ADS (FTE)
10
6%
70.66B
HELLENIC TELE ADS (OTE)
9
6%
7.74B
BP PLC (NYSE:BP)
9
6%
180.71B
ECOPETROL SA (NYSE:EC)
15
6%
52.17B
MOBILE TELSYS OJSC (NYSE:MBT)
10
5%
18.84B
TOTAL S.A. (NYSE:TOT)
9
5%
142.22B
PORTUGAL TELECM (NYSE:PT)
14
5%
11.07B
TELEFONICA SA (NYSE:TEF)
10
5%
132.75B

Not surprisingly, these companies are either in telecom sector or energy related industries. They yield plenty, and many have some solid fundamentals to vouch for.

Telecom

The U.S.’s telecom market is mature with very little growth out there. However, there are still more opportunities for foreign telecom companies, especially in emerging markets.

Magyar Telekom (MTA) provides telecommunication services in Hungary and internationally. Partner Communications (PTNR) operates a mobile telecommunications network in Israel. Hellenic Telecommunications (OTE) is a telecommunications services provider in Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Mobile Telesystems (MBT), the Russian mobile telecom company, became a mobile/land-line provider this week with the purchase of COMSTAR-UTS. This gives it an entry into broadband - one of the country's underdeveloped markets. Russia has vast stores of oil and gold, the world’s 3rd largest currency reserves, and a relatively low net debt-to-GDP ratio.

Telecom Corp. of New Zealand Ltd. (NZT), Deutsche Telekom (DT), FRANCE TELECOM (FTE) and Telefonica SA (TEF) are all in developed markets. Portugal Telecom (PT) is investing heavily in a fiber network and TV service in Portugal and in 3G & 3.5G technology in Brazil.

Utilities/Energy

Enersis S.A. (ENI) engages in electric power generation in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. CPFL Energia S.A (CPL) serves residential, industrial, and commercial customers in Brazil. Ecopetrol S.A. (EC) is a crude oil and gas giant in Columbia.

Main International ETFs With 5%+ Dividends

Name (Symbol)
Yield
WISDOMTREE EX-FINL (NYSEARCA:DOO)
12%
WISDOMTREE PACFC EQ (DNH)
10%
WISDOMTREE DEFA (NYSEARCA:DTH)
9%
WISDOMTREE PAC TTL (DND)
9%
WISDOMTREE EUR TDIV (DEB)
8%
WISDOMTREE INTL LC (NYSEARCA:DOL)
8%
WISDOMTREE DEFA (NYSEARCA:DWM)
7%
WISDOM TR EM MKT (NYSEARCA:DEM)
7%
VANGRD EUROPEAN ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK)
6%

Conclusion

An investor who missed the 10 best performance days, out of 110,000 trading days, would have had a portfolio that was 69% less valuable than a passive portfolio. Avoiding the 10 worst days would have resulted in a portfolio that was 337% more valuable than a passive investment, according to an article titled “Black Swans in Emerging Markets” in Journal of Investing Summer 2009 issue.

When crisis strikes, the people who sell first get the best price, if they can move ahead of a wave of forced sales. If you are not a trader or can’t time the market, the best way is to find solid-yielding companies and stay invested.

Fundamental metrics such as P/E and dividend yields are too narrowly focused to stand alone as a single measure of a stock. Inconsistent dividends in the past mean that the dividend yields can't be counted on. By combining different methods of valuation, you can get a better view of a company.

Note: I will be in China for the rest of December. Happy holidays and happy trading!.

Disclosure: I have long position on CPL. Data is from Yahoo Finance as of December 4, 2009.

Source: 14 Foreign Blue Chip Stocks with Dividends Greater than 5%