Dividends4Life: 2 Industry-Leader Stocks That Prosper During Recessions and Have 3%+ Dividend Yields

The S&P 500 has declined over 6% in the last week, despite Wednesday's 4% rally. The global economy is teetering on the verge of another recession. The Chinese stock market, as tracked by the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index ETF (FXI), is down 27.6% over the last quarter due to fears of slowing growth. You get the idea -- we could be at the beginning of another global recession that rivals the Great Recession. It is a fool's errand to predict how and when this will happen but intelligent investors will prepare their portfolios accordingly.

Two familiar stocks did very well during the Great Recession and are market leaders that have paid increasing dividends for 39 and 42 consecutive years, respectively. This makes them both "Dividend Aristocrats." Both stocks posted double-digit gains during the 2007 to 2009 recession period when the S&P 500 had total returns of -15.9%. They are Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and McDonald's (MCD).

Source: The Street

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