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The 7 Best Stocks to Buy for an Income-Rich Retirement

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Portfolio manager Ned Davis studied the returns of S&P 500 stocks from 1972 to 2004. His goal? To figure out what the best stocks to buy were over this 33-year period.

Davis concluded that if you bought dividend stocks whose companies grew the dividends paid to shareholders over the 33 years, you’d have achieved an annual return of 10.6%, 3.3% better than dividend-paying stocks that didn’t increase their yields over the same period.

More importantly, Davis’s study revealed that dividend growers outperformed non-income-paying stocks by 630 basis points. The moral of the story? If you want to have an income-rich retirement, you’ve got to have a diversified basket of dividend stocks that will deliver both capital appreciation and income growth.

For the purposes of this article, we’re going to recommend the seven best stocks to buy to meet or exceed the returns from the S&P 500 to help you do that.

Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on March 29, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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