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  • Where To Look For Income In 2013 0 comments
    Jan 11, 2013 8:10 AM

    By Sasha Cekerevac for Investment Contrarians

    Over the last few years, the aggressive monetary policy plan by the Federal Reserve has left many income investors in a difficult position. The low level of interest rates has reduced the income-generating potential of traditional fixed-income products.

    Increasingly, more people are creating an investment strategy, looking for stocks with a solid dividend yield to add income to their portfolio.

    For dividend yield investors, 2012 was a great year. In total, the S&P 500 corporations paid $281 billion in dividends in 2012, a record high, according to analyst Howard Silverblatt at S&P Dow Jones indices. (Source: "Dividends Galore: Expect Another Record Year in 2013," Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2013.)

    The total paid out in dividend yield was a 17% increase from 2011, and a 14% increase from 2008, which was the previous high until 2011. As I've written before, special one-time payments played a large role in dividend yield for 2012. More corporations announced special dividends in December 2012 than at any other time since 1955.

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