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This "Boring" Income Play Could Get You 76%, Even in This Market

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In journalism circles, there's an axiom that tells writers that it's usually better to "show" than to "tell."

It's a nifty bit of wisdom that I've shared with dozens of young writers through the years.

In this Private Briefing report, I'm taking my own advice.

Yesterday, we told you that that high-yielding dividend stocks were one of the best ways to navigate this whipsaw market.

Dividend Investing News: 23 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend investing news: As we enter the final quarter of 2014, here's a look back at the robust dividend activity in Q3.

According to data from S&P Dow Jones Indexes, 563 companies raised, restored, or approved extra dividends in Q3. That's up 18.5% from last year's Q3 tally of 475. And dividend boosts in Q4 2014 are expected to trump Q3's activity.

Last week 23 dividend stocks raised payouts. Here’s a roundup of the dividend activity for the week ending Oct. 17.

These 20 Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Raised Their Payouts

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Last week's Dow Jones Industrial Average performance is yet another reason to buy dividend-paying stocks. Market volatility moved the index nearly 1,000 points.

Ned Davis Research shows that stocks that pay dividends tend to fall less than broader markets during corrections.

Last week 18 dividend stocks raised payouts, and two companies announced special dividends. Here are all 20 dividend enrichments for the week ending Oct. 10, 2014…

Dividend Investing News: These 15 Dividend Stocks Just Increased Shareholder Payouts

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Dividend investing news, Oct. 6, 2014: Investors continue to flock to dividend stocks amid nearly six years of a near-zero interest rate environment.

But with rising rates on the horizon, high yield is becoming increasingly less important than dividend growth potential.

Here’s why – and here are the 15 dividend-paying stocks that announced enrichments for the week ending Oct. 3.

Dividend Investing News: Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL) plus 20 More New Dividend Hikes

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Dividend investing news, Sept. 15, 2014: Last week Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) hiked its quarterly dividend $0.05, or 20%, to $0.30 per share.

RCL has been paying dividends without interruption, and steadily boosting them, since its first distribution of $0.07 per share paid on March 29, 1996.

Following are the 20 other dividend stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Sept. 12.

Dividend Investing News: Bank of America Hikes Payout by 400%, plus 25 More Increases

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Bank of America Corp.'s (NYSE: BAC) 400% quarterly dividend boost dominated dividend investing news last week.

BofA announced Wednesday it will raise its quarterly dividend for the first time in seven years to $0.05 a share, up from $0.01, with its Sept. 26 distribution.

Fifty-two other companies sweetened their payouts last week. Here are 25 of the top dividend-paying stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Aug. 8, 2014...

These Special Dividends in 2012 Help Investors Beat the Fiscal Cliff

If the fiscal cliff goes into effect and the president's healthcare bill is upheld, the dividend tax rate could triple next year - which is why companies are looking to help out investors in the way of special dividends in 2012.

Since the end of September to mid-November, 59 companies in the Russell 3000 stock index announced a one-time special dividend, up from about 15 in the same period last year.

And it's not just special dividends that are helping investors - regular dividends are being altered as well.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) just announced its fourth-quarter dividend payout, originally scheduled for Jan. 2, will now be paid on Dec. 27.

"It's a foregone conclusion the rates are going up -- it's just a matter of how high they go," Todd Lowenstein, a Los Angeles-based money manager with HighMark Capital Management Inc. told Bloomberg News. "When you know that 15% tax rate is going away and you have excess cash buildup, it makes sense to return some of it back to shareholders now."

As things currently stand, the top tax rate on dividends will go from 15% to 43.4% at the end of the year, causing companies to seriously consider offering a special dividend.

Special dividends offer investors a "twofer": Besides collecting a large dividend payout before it's taxed at a higher rate, investors will enjoy higher share prices as special dividend-paying stocks get a boost from the news.

So where can investors find these special dividends?

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Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) is Looking More and More Like a Dividend Stock

Since the height of the dot.com boom, the transformation of Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO) has been extraordinary.

These days, the Silicon Valley Internet giant looks more and more like a dividend stock rather than an explosive growth company.

In fact, last Wednesday, the San Jose-based behemoth increased its dividend rate by a whopping 75% (from 8 cents per share to 14 cents) starting with the present quarter. That gives shares of Cisco a new dividend yield of roughly 3% which among the highest of major tech stocks.

For investors seeking a reasonably safe return and a less volatile investment, a great deal of value can be found in Cisco these days since the company now plans to return half of its cash flow to investors by way of dividends and stock buybacks.

And while the company may not post eye-popping revenue growth year-after-year, Cisco does appear poised to post healthy results and robust cash flow for years ahead.

That means Cisco's dividend will be both safe and stable.

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