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Last month, the S&P 500 closed above 2,000 for the first time ever. Stocks are up 75% in just the past three years. If you've owned stocks for a long time, this is good news. But if you're looking to invest right now and earn income streams on your money, soaring stocks are a problem.
Fortunately, there's an easy solution, which I'll show you in a moment... When stocks soar, dividend yields decline. Think about it. If a stock trades for $20 per share and pays an annual dividend of $1 per share, its yield is 5%.
But if that stock climbs to $40 per share and pays $1 per share in annual dividends, its yield falls to 2.5%. That's why soaring stocks can be a problem for investors seeking income.
Right now, U.S. stocks yield just 1.8%. It's among the lowest yields in history. That's why dividend-seeking investors should consider going overseas. In many cases, you can get yields that are 100% greater than those offered by U.S. stocks.
The table below displays the dividend yield and price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of over a dozen major global markets. You can see that countries like Norway, Spain, and Australia are yielding at least 4%... more than double the yield offered by U.S. stocks.
Country
P/E Ratio
Yield
Norway
11.1
4.3%
Spain
25.7
4.2%
Australia
19.7
4.1%
Finland
20.8
4.0%
New Zealand
14.2
3.7%
Sweden
15.4
3.5%
United Kingdom
22.4
3.1%
Portugal
35.4
3.0%
France
24.7
3.0%
Switzerland
19.8
3.0%
Hong Kong
13
2.8%
Netherlands
24.2
2.8%
Singapore
14.3
2.8%
Italy
260
2.8%
Canada
32.5
2.6%
Belgium
16.2
2.6%
Germany
17.9
2.5%
Japan
15.2
1.8%
United States
20.8
1.8%
Source: Star Capital, iShares

For income investors, this difference is extraordinary. An investment of $20,000 earning a yield of 1.8% produces $360 in annual income. The same investment earning a yield of 4% produces $800 in annual income.
While the difference between a 1.8% yield and a 4% yield might seem very small at first glance, when you do the math, you see that $800 is 122% more money than $360. For folks on a budget, this is a huge difference.
Over the past three years, my readers have made a fortune in high-quality dividend-paying U.S. stocks. We're up more than 100% on blue-chip drugmaker Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY). We're up more than 60% on blue-chip oil company Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and blue-chip medical-device maker Medtronic (NYSE:MDT).
We're not selling these winners, but for new money, I'm looking overseas. As you can see, many countries in Europe are sporting high yields. To take advantage, you can buy individual companies in Europe and Australia. You can buy country funds like the iShares Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) or the iShares Australia (NYSEARCA:EWA). Or, you can look around for funds that own baskets of stocks from many different countries. Whichever way you play it, realize that most of the big dividend opportunities are now outside of the U.S.
Source: The Best Place In The World To Find Big Dividend Yields