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When you purchase shares of the best dividend stocks to buy now, you get two things - profits as share prices rise and regular cash payments.
As you know, companies with dividend policies pay you money every single quarter just for holding their stock. But the best dividend stocks (like the ones we’re about to show you in this report) also dramatically outperform the broader market.
Take, for example, one of the most popular dividend stocks of the last several decades: McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD).
Shares of MCD are known for being unaffected by broader market volatility. During the financial crisis from Aug. 10, 2007, to March 6, 2009, the Dow Jones plunged 46.8%. On the other hand, MCD stock actually gained 7.4% over the same period.
During that time, McDonald's was also able to raise its dividend. The firm increased it from $0.38 to $0.50 by November 2008. That generous dividend hike was four months before the stock market's bottom on March 6, 2009.
But dividend investing isn't as simple as picking any high-yield, high-growth stock. And just because a stock like MCD may be the "popular" pick, that doesn't mean it's the best.
Our Money Morning investing gurus select dividend stocks not only because they offer high yields and share-price potential, but also because they have a presence in a strong, profitable market.
Here are seven of the best dividend stocks to buy for 2018...