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9 High-Quality Dividend Stocks Yielding 5% or More

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Dividend safety is a core element of conservative income investing and selecting dividend stocks. Not only does a payout cut reduce a portfolio’s income stream, but it can also significantly hurt a nest egg’s long-term returns.

Companies that cut or eliminated their dividends recorded an annual loss of 0.4% per year from 1972 through 2016 while being much more volatile than the broader market, according to data from Ned Davis Research.

No one wants to outlive their retirement savings, so seeking out safe dividend stocks clearly is an important capital preservation strategy.

Income-hungry investors tend to be drawn to stocks with higher yields. However, exercising caution to avoid companies with the greatest risk of reducing their dividends in the future is just as important.

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The following nine dividend stocks appear to be high-quality businesses with safe and growing yields above 5%. Here’s a closer look.

SEE ALSO: 50 Stocks That Have Raised Dividends for 25 Straight Years

Data is as of March 22, 2018. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

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