Please Note: Blog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors.

Where To Look For Income In 2013

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.

Read Full Article>>>