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As you can see, these dividend yields, while respectable, aren't that outstanding.
We've compared these dividend yields with Jan. 2011 puts on our Put vs. Dividend Comparison table.
In addition to achieving a much higher yield than the current dividends, selling put options gives you a lower breakeven price, cash within 3 days after making the trade, and defers your tax deadline on the trade until April 15, 2012. The downside: Your gains are taxed at your personal tax rate, and you won’t participate in any price appreciation, if there is one, but you will know what your return is now.
Disclosure: Long positions XOM, PG, GE
Disclosure: long: xom, ge, pg