5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Healthy Income

The healthcare sector is chock-full of safe, sturdy income plays. But these five top-rated high-yield dividend stocks really stand out in the crowd.

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High-yield dividend stocks are one of the most common ways for investors to generate income. But they are especially important during times like now.

Interest rates are near all-time lows, so bonds are not providing nearly the same level of income as they have historically. Stocks aren't paying very much on average, either. The dividend yield on the S&P 500 Index is currently at a paltry 1.3% – near its lowest level since mid-2001.


Data is as of Aug. 2. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price. POWR Ratings work on an A-B-C-D-F system. Stocks are listed in order of lowest to highest dividend yield.

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David Cohne
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

David Cohne has 20 years of experience as an investment analyst and writer. Prior to StockNews, David spent 11 years as a consultant providing outsourced investment research and content to financial services companies, hedge funds and online publications. David enjoys researching and writing about stocks and the markets. He takes a fundamental quantitative approach in evaluating stocks for readers.