Dividends4Life: 5 Quality, High-Dividend Stocks Throwing Off 5%-Plus

Are you looking for a good dividend stock to own in a turbulent, unpredictable market? If so, you’ll want to look at headline dividend yield, sure … but you’ll also want to look past that. The problem with some high-dividend stocks is that they’re stretching their cash too far to make the payout — and thus any turbulence in their business could put that “regular” distribution at risk. In other cases, a high dividend yield is the end result of a massive decline in share prices. (After all, if you’re dividing the same dividend payout by a much smaller share price, you’re going to have a bigger yield.)

So if you’re looking for quality high-dividend stocks, you’ll also want to pore into whether the company can afford its dividend, how much room is present for future dividend hikes, and whether debt and corporate activities could ever jeopardize a dividend yield. Today, we’re looking at five such high-dividend stocks that don’t just have attractive headline yields, but the makings of an overall strong investment: Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR), AT&T Inc. (T), Mattel, Inc. (MAT), Seagate Technology PLC (STX) and BP plc (ADR) (BP).

Source: InvestorPlace

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