S&P 500 High Dividend Paying Stocks
Are you investing in quality, dividend paying stocks, either by buying individual stocks or investing in dividend oriented mutual funds or ETFs (exchange traded funds)?
Why Invest in Dividend Stocks?
If you are not, then I ask you to take a look at this chart from the S&P. It’s the cumulative return of $1 invested in 1930 with two different investment schemes. The red line is the return with dividend reinvestment and the blue one is price return only. As you can see, the difference between the two is huge, because of the compounding effect of dividend income.
The whole deal about dividend reinvestment is that when dividend is distributed, you don’t take the cash distribution. Instead, you use the dividend to buy more shares of the stock. Over time, even without any new contribution, you will own more shares from the reinvestment, as long as the dividend keeps coming and you keep reinvesting it.
Does the above chart interest you? I hope it does
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How to Invest in Dividend Paying Stocks?
Now you know dividend can make a difference in the long term, the next question is where to find best dividend-paying stocks to invest? You have a couple of options.
First, if you want to buy individual stocks, then the recently published S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats (PDF file) is a source to get you started. In Class of 2009, S&P selected 52 stocks from the index which have increased their dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. The full list of 52 dividend aristocrats is shown in the following , where I also added each stock’s dividend yield and current price (as of 01/13/09). To invest in individual stocks, you can either use cheap brokers such Zecco (10 zero commision trades per month) , which does offer free dividend reinvestment, or buy them through a DRIP program.
|Abbott Labs||ABT||Health Care||2.80%||$50.06|
|Air Products & Chemicals||APD||Chemicals Materials||3.10%||$56.22|
|Automatic Data Processing Inc.||ADP||Information Technology||3.40%||$38.92|
|Avery Dennison Corp.||AVY||Industrials||5.20%||$30.56|
|Bard (C .R.) Inc.||BCR||Health Care||0.80%||$84.72|
|Becton, Dickinson||BDX||Health Care||1.90%||$72.04|
|Century Telephone||CTL||Telecomm Services||10.10%||$27.13|
|Clorox Co.||CLX||Consumer Staples||3.50%||$52.53|
|Coca Cola Co.||KO||Consumer Staples||3.40%||$44.02|
|Exxon Mobil Corp.||XOM||Energy||2.10%||$77.92|
|Family Dollar Stores||FDO||Consumer Discretionary||1.80%||$27.95|
|Gannett Co.||GCI||Consumer Discretionary||18.60%||$8.07|
|Grainger (W.W.) Inc.||GWW||Industrials||2.10%||$76.23|
|Integrys Energy Group||TEG||Utilities||6.10%||$43.22|
|Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||Health Care||3.10%||$58.84|
|Johnson Controls||JCI||Consumer Discretionary||2.70%||$17.78|
|Leggett & Platt||LEG||Consumer Discretionary||6.90%||$14.23|
|Lilly (Eli) & Co.||LLY||Health Care||5.10%||$38.52|
|Lowe’s Cos.||LOW||Consumer Discretionary||1.60%||$20.30|
|M&T Bank Corp.||MTB||Financials||5.80%||$47.00|
|McDonald’s Corp.||MCD||Consumer Discretionary||3.30%||$59.32|
|PepsiCo Inc.||PEP||Consumer Staples||3.20%||$52.23|
|Pfizer, Inc.||PFE||Health Care||7.30%||$17.59|
|Procter & Gamble||PG||Consumer Staples||2.70%||$59.47|
|Rohm & Haas||ROH||Materials||2.60%||$59.47|
|Stanley Works||SWK||Consumer Discretionary||3.70%||$33.80|
|State Street Corp.||STT||Financials||2.30%||$38.86|
|Supervalu Inc.||SVU||Consumer Staples||3.90%||$17.87|
|T arget Corp.||TGT||Consumer Discretionary||1.80%||$34.94|
|V.F. Corp.||VFC||Consumer Discretionary||4.50%||$50.74|
|Walgreen Co.||WAG||Consumer Staples||1.70%||$26.07|
|Wal-Mart Stores||WMT||Consumer Staples||1.80%||$52.12|
If, on the other hand, you don’t want to own individual stocks because of the volatility and risk, then another options is investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) specializing in catching dividends. A while ago, I discussed how to use dividend paying ETFs to generate passive income. Check out that post to see which ETF has be best dividend yield. That post does need an update, though.
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