Best High-Dividend Stocks and How To Invest

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After the recent stock market downturn, high-dividend stocks are even more attractive to income investors and investors wary of too much market volatility. Earning even a modest dividend can be comforting when the market is down.

Just remember: higher dividends often correspond with greater risk. Also, keep in mind that dividends can be cut and stock prices can fall.

Best High-Dividend Stocks

The S&P 500 index features leading large-cap companies in the U.S. economy. The following chart lists the companies on the index that have the greatest stock dividend yield as of June 2020.

Best High-Dividend Stocks
Stock Name and Symbol Cash Dividend Stock Dividend Yield
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) $1.00 14.85%
Kohl’s Corporation(KSS) $2.82 13.64%
Simon Property Group, Inc (SPG) $8.40 12.9%
ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) $3.74 11.58%
Tapestry, Inc. (TPR) $1.35 10.55%
CenturyLink, Inc.(CTL) $1.00 10.27%
Iron Mountain Incorporated (IRM) $2.47 9.88%
Ventas (VTR) $1.80 9.22%
Navient Corporation (NAVI) $0.64 8.8%
Kimco Realty Corporation (KIM) $1.12 8.74%
L Brands, Inc. (LB) $1.20 8.66%
Altria Group, Inc. (MO) $3.36 8.52%
The Williams Companies, Inc.(WMB) $1.60 8.49%
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) S3.48 7.82%
Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) $2.04 7.81%
Prudent Financial (PRU) $4.40 7.37%
Dow Inc. (DOW) $2.80 7.28%
AT&T Inc. (T) $2.08 7.07%
Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) $4.68 6.68%
Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) $0.62 5.78%
Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRI) $4.20 5.09%
Baker Hughes Company (BKR) $0.72 5.03%
The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) $1.60 4.98%
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV) $4.72 4.96%
Welltower Inc. (WELL) $2.44 4.94%
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Options to Invest in High-Dividend Stocks: Exchange-Traded Funds vs. Individual Stocks

Two options for investing in high-dividend stocks are ETFs and individual stocks.

An ETF is an investment product that features a collection of stocks, bonds and other assets bundled together. Like stocks, ETFs can be traded at any time, but they provide greater diversification, which can reduce risk.

On the other hand, purchasing individual stocks gives the investor greater decision-making control but requires more hands-on research from the investor.

How To Evaluate in High-Dividend Stocks

The process for choosing stocks to invest in is similar to buying a business. As with any investment, you also have to consider your available capital and risk tolerance.

Factors To Consider When Evaluating Stocks

Investors should consider several factors when evaluating stocks and avoid making decisions based on a single metric. The following factors provide insight into a company’s performance and the effect it has on the stock’s value:

Key Factors

  • Market Capitalization
  • P/E Ratio
  • Dividend Trends
  • Earnings Reports
  • Earnings Projections

Here’s a closer look at what each factors is and what they can tell you about a stock:

Market Capitalization

Market capitalization refers to the full value of a company’s stock shares. Companies that fall under the large-cap category tend to have larger market values and less risk than mid-cap and small-cap companies .

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P/E Ratio

P/E ratio is a tool investors use to compare a company’s current stock price with historical prices. A low P/E ratio may be a sign that the stock is undervalued, but a high P/E ratio can be an indicator of potential growth.

Dividend Trends

Dividend trends and growth is another measurement investors use to evaluate a stock’s value. They may look for companies that have historically paid higher yields than the market average.

Earnings Reports

An earnings report provides another view of a company’s performance. These quarterly reports disclose key metrics like profit and loss that investors can compare to companies of similar size and industry.

Earnings Projections

Earnings guidance and projections are part of the company’s earnings report. Companies that beat expectations performed better than expected during a given period. If a company missed expectations, it performed worse than expected.


You don’t want to throw your money away at a losing venture, so look for signs that the business is viable and in a position to expand and continue turning a profit.

Weigh Your Investment Options

Every investment comes with some degree of risk, and factors far beyond your control can affect the market. There’s no guarantee that the best high-dividend stocks will continue to perform well. If you’re new to investing, consider meeting with a professional who can assess your financial situation and guide you through your investment options.

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About the Author

After earning a B.A. in English with a Specialization in Business from UCLA, John Csiszar worked in the financial services industry as a registered representative for 18 years. Along the way, Csiszar earned both Certified Financial Planner and Registered Investment Adviser designations, in addition to being licensed as a life agent, while working for both a major Wall Street wirehouse and for his own investment advisory firm. During his time as an advisor, Csiszar managed over $100 million in client assets while providing individualized investment plans for hundreds of clients.

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