Dividends4Life: 5 Rock-Solid Dividend Stocks Yielding 7% and Higher

With the dividend yield of the S&P 500 sitting at a measly 1.9% and U.S. Treasury yields for 10-year bonds sitting fractionally higher at 2.2%, investors seeking dividend yields want higher rates. There are fortunately a collection of well-run companies in varied industries and markets that can provide market-beating yields to feed your appetite for higher dividends while enabling for sound sleep. Here are five that make the cut...

BlackRock Capital Investment Corp (NASDAQ:BKCC) owes its existence and some of its success in providing a 10% dividend yield to a little penmanship from the former president of the U.S. — Jimmy Carter. Student Transportation Inc (NASDAQ:STB) is a company based in the U.S. and Canada. Its business is delivering kids to and from their schools, as well as other activities and charters throughout the year. Do you want to be the guy who bought into the latest tech billionaires when they were only guys and gals in hoodies working in their parents’ garages? Then Hercules Capital Inc (NYSE:HTGC) is the company to own. Do you want to be the guy who bought into the latest tech billionaires when they were only guys and gals in hoodies working in their parents’ garages? Then Hercules Capital Inc (NYSE:HTGC) is the company to own. MFA Financial Inc (NYSE:MFA) is a mortgage investment company that since 2000 has generated an average annual return to shareholders of over 15%.

Source: InvestorPlace

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