Why I would buy Telstra (ASX:TLS) and this ASX dividend share

Why I think income investors should buy Telstra Corporation Ltd聽(ASX:TLS) and this ASX dividend share this week…

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Investors that are looking to add some quality dividend shares to their portfolio this week might want to consider the ones listed below.

I believe these two ASX dividend shares are among the best on offer on the Australian share market right now. Here鈥檚 why I would buy them:

Rural Funds Group聽(ASX: RFF)

I think this agriculture-focused property group would be a great option for income investors. I believe Rural Funds is well-positioned to grow its distribution at a solid rate over the 2020s. This is because of its high quality portfolio of assets spread across several different industries and their very long leases. In respect to the latter, Rural Funds currently has a weighted average lease expiry of almost 11 years. It also has rental increases built into these contracts.

I expect this to allow the company to deliver on its target of increasing its distribution by 4% per annum over the long term. This certainly looks to be the case in FY 2021, with management intending to increase its distribution to 11.28 cents per share. Based on the latest Rural Funds share price, this equates to a 4.9% yield.

Telstra Corporation Ltd聽(ASX: TLS)

Another ASX dividend share I would buy is Telstra. After a decade of disappointment, I鈥檓 confident that the 2020s will be a lot more positive. This is thanks to some major changes that are happening at the company right now with its T22 strategy. This is stripping out costs, making it more efficient, and simplifying its business.

But perhaps best of all, is that the end of the NBN rollout is now in sight. When this headwind finally ends, I expect Telstra to return to growth again. Until then, I鈥檓 optimistic that the company will be able to sustain its dividend if it changes its policy to a free cash flow based one. Based on this and the current Telstra share price, this would mean a very generous fully franked 5.6% dividend yield.

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