19 Best Retirement Stocks to Buy in 2019

Generating safe, regular income and preserving capital are two primary objectives in retirement.

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Generating safe, regular income and preserving capital are two primary objectives in retirement. The best retirement stocks to buy, then – whether you’re buying in 2019 or any other year – must be quality dividend payers that can help meet both of those goals in the long-term.

Unlike many fixed-income investments, numerous dividend stocks offer relatively high yields, grow their payouts each year and appreciate in price over time as their businesses generate more profits and become more valuable.

Not all dividends are safe, however. From General Electric (GE (opens in new tab)) and Owens & Minor (OMI (opens in new tab)) to L Brands (LB (opens in new tab)) and Buckeye Partners LP (BPL (opens in new tab)), several high-profile dividend-payers slashed their payouts in 2018, sending their stock prices tumbling. So the dividend stocks you depend on must be chosen with care.

These are the 19 best retirement stocks to buy for 2019. Research firm Simply Safe Dividends developed a Dividend Safety Score system that has helped investors avoid more than 98% of dividend cuts (opens in new tab), including each of those companies listed above. The 19 stocks on this list have solid Dividend Safety Scores and generous yields near 4% or higher, making them appealing retirement stocks for income. Importantly, they also have strong potential to maintain and grow their dividends in all manner of economic and market environments.

Data is as of Dec. 16, 2018. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Companies are listed in alphabetical order.

Brian Bollinger
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Brian Bollinger is President of Simply Safe Dividends, a company that provides online tools and research designed to help investors generate safe retirement income from dividend stocks without the high fees associated with many other financial products.