7 Dividend Stocks That Want to Pay You More Money
That's a big factor in the record dividend payouts investors are taking home this year.
Companies are bringing on the dividends right now, tapping their record cash reserves and record profits to pay investors in 2012. In the last year alone, dividend payouts in the S&P 500 have climbed by an impressive 30.8% as management tried to incentivize investors to hold onto their positions. A lot of that growth has come from new payers, who are returning cash to shareholders for the first time.
That growing trend toward dividends bodes well for investors' portfolios in more ways than one. While the inflow of dividend cash is never a bad thing, the fact of the matter is that dividend payers historically offer investors a whole lot more bang for their buck on an capital gains basis too:
That's because over the last 36 years, dividend stocks have outperformed the rest of the S&P 500 by 2.5% annually, and they outperformed nonpayers by nearly 8% every year, all while doling out cash to their shareholders, according to data compiled by Ned Davis Research. The numbers are even more compelling when looking at companies that consistently increase their payouts.