Investors have had to endure a lot of turbulence and volatility this year, but it's been a very good year for those who invest in dividend-paying stocks.
In the third quarter, dividend increases by U.S. companies amounted to $8.8 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
During the quarter, there were nearly 440 dividend increases, up more than 25% from the third quarter of 2011.
Companies that aren't in the S&P 500 also are among those sharing the wealth. The percentage of non-S&P 500 common issues paying a dividend again increased, to 43.4% in the third quarter from 42.7% in the second quarter, 41.7% in the first quarter and 41.4% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.
Even with all the positive news for dividend-paying stocks, there are some that are best avoided. Here are a few to keep out of your portfolio.