Retirement Investing: Buying Pfizer For A 4.7% Dividend

| About: Pfizer Inc. (PFE)
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Pfizer is a popular yield investment.

Pfizergan allows holders to get it on sale.

The spread creates a safe yield of almost 5%.

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159-year-old Pfizer had some problems keeping its dividend up during the stress of the financial crisis, but it has since recovered.

Today, the dividend yield is over 4%. However, starting in 2017, you can get the same dividend at a yield closer to 5% by buying Allergan (NYSE:AGN) today or by trading out existing Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) exposure into AGN.

The $41.27 net arbitrage spread is larger than warranted by deal risk. If the deal closes by year-end as expected, it is worth an 18% annual return. You will get 11.3 shares of PFE. Based on today’s market price, that costs just over $25 per PFE share ($25.38 as of this writing) for an even more generous yield.

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