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Highest Dividend Stocks of the S&P

Posted by D4L | Tuesday, May 03, 2011 | | 0 comments »

The S&P 500 is one of the most followed stock market index in the world. Mutual fund managers benchmark their returns against it, yet somehow studies show that the vast majority underperform the index in any any given year. There are many ways to invest in the S&P 500, including mutual funds like the Vanguard 500 Index Investor (VFINX), exchange traded funds like the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) or even stock index futures.

I benchmark my dividend income against the S&P 500. Many of the best dividend stocks in the world have a substantial weight in this important stock market barometer. With its average yield of 1.70% however, many dividend investors choose to ignore the index, and instead focus on its components. It is interesting to note that 386 companies included in the index pay dividends. The average yield on those is 2.30%.

Source: Daily Finance

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