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4 Dividend Stocks to Combat the Fed Rate HikeIt’s official: we have a rate hike. It’s small, but will affect millions of investors. What should you do? Tether yourself to profits with these sturdy dividend stocks…

Add to the rate hike continued weakness in the oil patch as prices head lower, plus a sustained lull in overseas growth markets like China and Brazil, and we’re knee-deep in a general bout of nerves as the market tries to digest it all.

Adding fuel to those smoldering fires was the 75% dividend cut announced recently by Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), historically one of the steadiest dividend payers in investors’ portfolios.

If dividend investors truly begin to wonder about the strength and stability of their income portfolios, the markets are in much bigger trouble than previously imagined.

Luckily, as we head in to the New Year, there are a number of dividend players with the stability of an oak tree that you can add to your portfolio.

Look to the stocks with annual raise consistency, sufficient cash flow to pay shareholders, and, just as important, business models in industries with staying power.

Here are four dividend stocks to look at for 2016 that fit the bill quite nicely…

 

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