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20 Best Small-Cap Dividend Stocks to Buy

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You may not appreciate it. You may not have even noticed it. But small-cap stocks have led the way since the market came out of the subprime slump in 2009.

That lead has widened considerably in just the past few weeks. While the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index of large-cap stocks is up just less than 3% year-to-date, the S&P 600 small-cap stock index is sitting on a 10% gain, and still going strong.

Concerns of a potential trade war have been pegged as the key catalyst; smaller outfits are presumed to be better-shielded from geopolitical turbulence because they depend less on overseas business. It doesn’t hurt that small-cap stocks collectively beefed up their bottom lines during the first quarter, to the tune of 29%.

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This year has injected a new factor into the mix, though – rising interest rates, which have been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, some dividend-paying small caps haven’t been able to keep up with rising yields. On the other hand, other companies are rising to the challenge of rising rates, improving their payouts in step with the same strong economic growth that’s pumping up interest rates.

Here are 20 of the best small-cap dividend stocks to buy right now. While most smaller companies include a higher level of risk than most blue chips, these companies do stand ready to beef up their payouts as interest rates edge higher, and many of them already deliver substantial yields.

SEE ALSO: 53 Best Dividend Stocks for 2018 and Beyond

Data is as of June 20, 2018. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price.

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