Two Kiplinger Dividend 15 Picks Hit a Rough Patch

Giants 3M and ExxonMobil are on our watch list at the moment as lawsuits and sliding oil prices become potential hurdles to clear.

The past 12 months have been good ones for U.S. stocks, and the Kiplinger Dividend 15—our favorite dividend-paying stocks—have risen right alongside the broad market. Over the past year, the average return of the stocks on our list and that of Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index are an identical 21.7%. After the run-up, our list still sports a healthy 3.5% average dividend yield, compared with 1.9% for the S&P 500 and 1.5% for the 10-year Treasury note (prices, returns and other data are through January 31).

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Ryan Ermey
Former Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He wrote and fact-checked stories that appeared in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.