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If Only I Had Known About These Dividend Stocks...

|Includes:CBRL, CVX, DLR, HP, KO, MSFT, OXY, TGT, Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

At one time or another, we all have thought, 'If only knew this when I was younger.' I purchased my first dividend stock for income in 2003. Like many newly converted income investors, I was chasing yield. I quickly built a portfolio consisting of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and high yield, high risk stocks. My portfolio's yield was consistently in the low to mid-teens. Eventually, after some unnecessary losses, I learned there was a better way to invest in dividend stocks. Here is what I learned...

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Stocks: XOM, CBRL, KO, OXY, TGT, MSFT, CVX, DLR, HP