Canadian bank CEOs have been going out of their way in the last few weeks to hint at upcoming dividend increases. The top brass at Royal Bank of Canada (RY), National Bank of Canada (NA), and even high pay out ratio, Bank of Montreal (BMO) have been expressing their thoughts on dividend raises lately. All three CEO's have essentially hinted at dividend raises in the near future. While regulation is holding them back a bit I am looking forward to the resumption of dividend growth in Canadian banks very soon. These canuck banks are overcapitalized! Share the wealth...
Here are the current dividend yields:
Royal = 3.4%
National = 4.0%
BMO = 4.5%
TD = 3.2%*
Bank of Nova Scotia = 3.9%
CIBC = 4.7%
*TD is my favourite bank and they make up the greatest portion of my portfolio (about 12%). It is interesting to note that they have actually trademarked the word 'WOW' in the US. They are very customer service focused in Canada and the US. The stock has given me a return on investment of over 39% including dividends since April of 2008.