8 High-Yield Dividend Stocks That Deserve Your Attention

Interest rates still are flirting with generational lows, making it difficult to put together a portfolio that generates a decent income stream.

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Interest rates still are flirting with generational lows, making it difficult to put together a portfolio that generates a decent income stream. Sure, there are high-yield dividend stocks offering sky-high income of 10% or more. But for most investors, what looks too good to be usually is.

But you also want to determine the safety of the dividend, as well as the stock itself. Even in large-cap indexes such as the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, there is always a General Electric (GE) lurking to throw that theory out the window. Professional analysts slice and dice a company’s balance sheet using tools that most individual investors do not have. However, there is one quick analysis anyone can do using data that are readily available online for free.

Disclaimer

Data is as of April 28. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Payout ratio data provided by Morningstar.

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Michael Kahn
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
Michael Kahn, CMT (Chartered Market Technician) has been writing about the markets since 1986. He is the author of three books on technical analysis published in five languages. His specialty: jargon-free analysis accessible to everyone. He has contributed to many leading financial media including Barron's Online, MarketWatch and Nightly Business Report and was the Chief Technical Analyst for BridgeNews.