12 Low-Volatility Stocks to Stabilize Your Portfolio

Have a look at a dozen low-volatility stocks, many paying rich dividends, that make worthy additions to any defensive investment portfolio.

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The stock market suffered a turbulent September, and a number of factors are pointing toward an equally bumpy rest of the year. That likely will have investors looking for a smoother market ride than what the major indices have to offer – and one such way to do that is to buy low-volatility stocks to manage risk.

The upcoming presidential election is a massive point of uncertainty, but it's hardly the only one. The potential for a "second wave" of COVID-19, the state of the U.S. economy, and Chinese relations are all making themselves heard, as well. Most of these factors could continue to haunt U.S. stocks through the end of 2020 – even the presidential election, if the results are contested.


Data is as of Oct. 1. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price. Stocks listed in order of beta, from highest to lowest (a lower beta means a stock is theoretically less volatile).

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Lisa Springer
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Lisa currently serves as an equity research analyst for Singular Research covering small-cap healthcare, medical device and broadcast media stocks.