Dividends4Life: 3 Top Dividend Stocks to Maximize Your Retirement Income

We feel that these dividend-paying equities - as long as they are from high-quality, low-risk issuers - can give retirement investors a smart option to replace low-yielding Treasury bonds (or other bonds). Look for stocks that have paid steady, increasing dividends for years (or decades), and have not cut their dividends even during recessions. One approach to recognizing appropriate stocks is to look for companies with an average dividend yield of 3% and positive average annual dividend growth. Numerous stocks hike dividends over time, counterbalancing inflation risks. Here are three dividend-paying stocks retirees should consider for their nest egg portfolio...

American Assets Trust (AAT) is currently shelling out a dividend of $0.33 per share, with a dividend yield of 6.26%. This compares to the REIT and Equity Trust - Retail industry's yield of 4.56% and the S&P 500's yield of 1.67%. The company's annualized dividend growth in the past year was 3.13%. Bank of America (BAC) is paying out a dividend of $0.24 per share at the moment, with a dividend yield of 3.1% compared to the Banks - Major Regional industry's yield of 3.92% and the S&P 500's yield. The annualized dividend growth of the company was 9.09% over the past year. Currently paying a dividend of $0.27 per share, Brixmor Property (BRX) has a dividend yield of 4.74%. This is compared to the REIT and Equity Trust - Retail industry's yield of 4.56% and the S&P 500's current yield. Annualized dividend growth for the company in the past year was 8.33%.
Source: NASDAQ

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