A Disturbing Fact Regarding S&P500 Dividend Yields

I recently embarked on a quest to find S&P500 stocks yielding over 6 percent.  I was shocked by the results.  There are only seven S&P500 stocks currently yielding over 6 percent.

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Company

Ticker

Yield

Industry

Frontier Communications

FTR

7.71%

Rural telecom

Windstream

WIN

7.17%

Rural telecom

Diamond Offshore Drilling

DO

6.73%

Oil drilling

Altria

MO

6.42%

Tobacco

Century Link

CTL

6.28%

Rural telecom

Reynolds American

RAI

6.13%

Tobacco

Pitney Bowes

PBI

6.12%

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That is just plain sad.  I once read that the S&P500 yielded around 6.7% back in 1982.  Today the index yields a paltry 1.7%.  A depression level bear market could bring the S&P500 yields back to the 6.7% level.  That depression will come when the Federal Reserve stops buying US Treasury debt.  You had better be holding high dividend stocks with earning power and strong balance sheets in your hand when the music stops.

Look for some analysis on these stocks in future posts.

There will be a multitude of stocks currently yielding between 4.00 and 5.99% that will become high dividend stocks when the Federal Reserve tightens and investors run for the exits.  This will mark the return of the bear market.  There will be high dividend stock bargains not seen since March 2009 when that happens.  Subscribe to www.myhighdividendstocks.com/feed to discover high dividend stocks with earning power and strong balance sheets.

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