Dividends4Life: Highest-Yielding Dividends That Are Safe To Hold

Highest-Yielding Dividends That Are Safe To Hold

Posted by D4L | Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 0 comments »

Dividends are considered among the most straightforward measures of capital returns. After all, they represent cash going back into the hands of investors directly from the company. However, a high dividend yield does not give a complete picture of the value of an investment. The health of the company also has to be considered. Investors need to be able to differentiate a high dividend from a safe dividend.

To identify the highest-yielding S&P 500 stocks that are safe for investors, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 99 S&P 500 companies that are currently paying dividends of 3% or more. While the three highest dividends in the S&P 500 are in communications, none satisfy all of our screen criteria. These are the highest-yielding dividends that are actually safe to hold: FirstEnergy Dividend yield: 6%, AT&T Dividend yield: 5.3%, Entergy Dividend yield: 5.2%, Reynolds American Dividend yield: 5.1% and Southern Co. Dividend yield: 4.9%.

Source: USA Today

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