Top 100 Dividend Stocks For 2012

By: ispeculatornew
Date posted: 01.04.2012 (5:00 am) | Write a Comment  (2 Comments)

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2011 was a difficult year for most investors and while I did extremely well with my technology long and short tech stocks, I do believe in a balanced approach, especially for longer term, passive income investing. As we saw yesterday, dividend investing did very well last year and I personally expect more of the same in 2012. Why? There are so many questions regarding Europe, the real estate market and so many other parts of the economy. Uncertainty is rarely a good sign and dividend stocks tend to outperform greatly in such periods.

Today, we are back with our list of the top 100 dividend stocks from the S&P500 and there is no surprise in who is on top. I would caution greatly against investing based only off of a dividend yield though.

Frontier Communications Corp (FTR)

No big surprise again this month as Frontier Communications Corp (FTR) remains at the very top of our top dividend stocks in the S&P500 with a dividend yield over 14%. The dark side of course remains that the company is paying out much more than it is actually able to make, making that dividend everything but sustainable. Every month, I do more in-depth research to find dividend names and FTR has never come out on top of that research..!!

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FTR’s Dividend Payout History

I personally predict that FTR will be outside the top 10 a few months from now as it will eventually need to paying based off of what it can afford. Next week, we will do further research on the 100 stocks listed here to determine which ones are more likely to do well in the long term both based on sustainability and the 20 things that we look for in dividend stocks.

In the meantime, here is the list!

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  1. Comment by Lee99 — January 4, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    I would not buy any of your top 20 due to various factors. Power generating utilities under attack by the EPA for burning coal, high payout ratios that are likely unsustainable, defense stocks…don’t think so. You should advise as to what factors that are key to safe, if there were such a thing, investing. Maybe less treacherous investing would be better.

  2. Comment by IS — January 4, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    @Lee99 – No doubt, someone investing based only on dividend yield would probably do very poorly. I do publish this list as a starting point only, I would recommend joining the mailing list for even more analysis.

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