Dividends4Life: How to Spot At-Risk Dividend Stocks

How to Spot At-Risk Dividend Stocks

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | | 0 comments »

For the first time in over a half century, the stock market now yields more than the bank. Thanks to the Fed’s monetary stimulus, interest rates and bond yields have fallen to paltry levels, making dividend yields all the more attractive. But while I’m a fan of juicy dividend yields myself, a word to the wise: You should never pick stocks based on just their dividend.

While high dividend yields can be attractive, that shouldn’t be the only thing you’re looking for when picking stocks. With some companies, a high dividend yield isn’t always a good thing: Sometimes a high yield is actually caused by a drop in stock price. Moving beyond the yield and current dividend payment, you want to look at the company as a whole and its history of dividend payments. Consistent and steadily increasing payments are a prime sign of a strong company that makes dividends work for you.

Source: InvestorPlace

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