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It's been a good year to own stocks, with markets hitting record highs. But investors holding dividend stocks have profited the most.
Even better, if the market pulls back from those record highs, dividend stocks typically perform better during a correction than non-dividend paying stocks.To continue reading, please click here...
Income Investing1These Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Hiked Their Payouts
The top dividend-paying stocks offer more than high yield. They also steadily raise their dividends.
Companies that continue to grow dividends are the "best compounders," Don Kilbride, portfolio manager of the Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund, told Barron's.
With that in mind, check out the following list of high-yield dividend stocks that increased their payouts so far in November.To continue reading, please click here...
Hot Stocks15 Dividend Stocks to Buy Now
If you haven't already gotten choosy when picking your portfolio's sources of income, it's time - and here are five dividend stocks to buy now to help you.
You see, many of the most popular dividend-paying stocks have become pricey amid the markets' year-to-date rallies and the insatiable hunt for yield.
For example, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) sports a juicy yield of just under 3%, but looks expensive with a P/E of 22. And The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG) boasts an appealing 3.12% yield, yet shares trade at a lofty 20 times earnings.
Even with the 10-year Treasury yield approaching 3%, dividend investing is still the best approach.
Hot StocksThese Dividend-Paying Stocks Deliver Yield and Growth
When you think of growth profit plays you do not ordinarily think they could also make for solid dividend-paying stocks as well.
Growth stocks are high-flying market darlings with some exciting new product or service that is driving spectacular earnings growth.
Hot Stocks3"Secret" Double-Digit Income Stocks
Dividend stocks have been bid up in 2013, and many investors believe the yawn-inducing dividends of 3-4% generally available now aren't worth the risks involved in an overheated income sector.
Many stocks paying higher dividends, in the tantalizing 8-10% range, are paying them out of capital, which is hardly a good thing. A number of companies are paying a fixed dividend where it's mathematically impossible for investors to get their money back just because so many unwary investors are craving big, easy income.
Investing TipsFour of the Best Tech Dividend Stocks to Invest In Right Now
In fact, if you had invested $10,000 in Microsoft in 1986 and the same amount in Cisco in 1990, you could have turned your $20,000 into about $8 million today.
Investing TipsDividend Stocks 2013: Why 81% of S&P 500 Companies Want to Pay You
More and more S&P 500 companies are turning into dividend stocks, as yield-producing investments are becoming the hottest attraction in 2013.
Collective dividends per share for Standard & Poor's 500 companies increased roughly 16% year-over-year in 2012. Meanwhile, the number of companies paying a dividend over that period reached a new 13-year high of 405, or roughly 81% of the S&P 500, data from Factset shows.
Dividend Stocks13 Overseas Choices for Yield-Starved Investors
The markets are tapping new highs and shell-shocked investors are doing two things:
1) Coming in off the sidelines; and,
2) looking for dividend stocks in a zero-rate environment.
Unfortunately, many U.S. choices are "bid" up right now. Having run 144% off the March 2009 lows, the easy money's been made. U.S. Treasuries offer 1.77% over 10 years and the average S&P 500 stock is generating a mere 2.01%.
Investing Tips1These Dividend Stocks Can Deliver a False Sense of Security
You might have caught the recent Barron's cover that read "Dow 16,000!"
It was hard to miss - the cover pictured a wide-grinning bull bouncing on a pogo stick.
The issue outlined why large fund managers were bullish about the next year, with 74% of those polled saying the market was headed higher.
That is the single highest reading ever in the poll, indicating wild enthusiasm among those controlling the largest pots of money.
The major reason driving stock market euphoria is the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) of the U.S. Federal Reserve.
Dividend StocksBeware These Three Dividend Stocks Ready to Slash Their Payout
Investors are in love with dividend stocks this year - and there are even more juicy yields to choose from than before.
But one thing you need to be careful to avoid is a dividend stock that boasts a huge yield, but can't sustain it.
For example, look at CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL). CTL has been a favorite dividend stock for years, but slashed its dividend by 26% in February. The move caught investors off guard. Shares plunged 23% in one day - the biggest one-day decline since at least 1980 - wiping out about $6 billion in market value.
The stock still yields nearly 6%, but confidence in the company to maintain its payout has been damaged.
Positive dividend actions have far outweighed negative announcements over the past few years. In 2013's first quarter, 732 companies boosted their payouts compared with 552 in the year-earlier period.
But in March, 73 U.S. companies pruned their payouts - not far off the record of 93 in December 2012.
Usually companies frame dividend cuts as necessary evils - necessary as in the cut was needed to conserve cash. Read those tea leaves and it's easy to realize that if a company needs to cut its dividend to conserve capital, it probably is not worth investing in in the first place.
The good news is investors can skirt stocks that are vulnerable to dividend reductions. We rounded up a few names that deliver tempting yields, but look like they could be on the way to cutting their payouts.