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Former hedge fund manager and Mad Money host, James Cramer, is one of the most listened to financial experts on television. Cramer, who has also authored six books on investing, has recently been pounding the table on the importance for investors to seek the defensive consistency of high-yielding equities.

Cramer has suggested several high yield names. Below are seven equities that Cramer has mentioned multiple times over the last month as being high-yield equities to watch. I have also included their present yield and 2011-to-date performance.

Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY)

  • Current yield: 14.56%
  • 2011-to-date: -0.73%

Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED)

  • Current yield: 4.62%
  • 2011-to-date: 9.66%

Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP)

  • Current yield: 7.99%
  • 2011-to-date: -17.21%

Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

  • Current yield: 5.94%
  • 2011-to-date: -5.19%

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE:KMP)

  • Current yield: 6.65%
  • 2011-to-date: -5.71%

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)

  • Current yield: 5.69%
  • 2011-to-date: -2.99%

Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN)

  • Current yield: 8.69%
  • 2011-to-date: -16.57%

Their 2011-to-date chart is below:

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Cramer has also been suggesting that investors keep a short list of dividend paying investments they wanted to make anyway and consider buying on their further weakness. By doing so, he proposes you may be able to not only obtain some capital appreciation, but also secure yourself an above average income stream.

Disclosure: I am long NLY.

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be informative and should not be construed as personalized advice as it does not take into account your specific situation or objectives.