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14 Top-Flight International Dividend Stocks to Buy

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Income investors can do well enough by staying domestic in their hunt for dividends. But they can add some oomph by branching out into international dividend stocks, which provide several benefits.

First, international stocks on average offer higher yields than their domestic counterparts. An index of international developed-market stocks – the MSCI EAFE – shows international stocks yielding roughly 2.6% right now, versus about 1.8% for the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index of U.S. large-cap companies. International companies also tend to pay out about 35% to 45% of their earnings in the form of dividends, versus 25% on average for U.S. stocks.

There are other perks, too. International dividend stocks diversify an equity portfolio so you’re protected against weakness in the U.S. They also help protect against inflation. International stocks domiciled in “emerging” markets such as China and India may also offer better growth prospects than in a developed market such as the U.S. And lastly, with American stocks trading at high valuations, historically speaking, international stocks – particularly those in Europe – may offer better values at present.


Here are 10 international dividend stocks to consider buying today. Each of these offers an attractive blend of yield and/or dividend growth and stability – not to mention the benefits of geographic diversification.

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Data is as of June 25, 2018. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price.


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