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5 of the best dividend-paying stocks in the world

Published by: Lucien Paulemil
April 14, 2022 6:58 am

Who doesn’t love receiving a regular flow of generous dividend payments?

In a 2016 article titled ‘Why Dividends Matter’, Christopher F. Poch, a Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Advisor, concluded that “Historically, dividend paying stocks have outpaced the performance of non-dividend paying stocks – and have done so with lower volatility”.

Indeed, dividends are especially useful during market downturns, as they can offset the decline in a company’s share price. More generally, they provide precious cash flow that can be used to invest in other assets or sustain your lifestyle.

In this article, we will present five of the world’s highest quality dividend stocks that investors should consider buying to protect their portfolios from the current market turbulence.

1. Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is the undisputed Dividend King of all dividend stocks. At writing, Coca-Cola stock offers a seemingly negligible 2.80% dividend yield. But don’t be fooled by the low yield: Coca-Cola’s management has an unrivalled track record of dividend increases.

In fact, Coca-Cola shareholders have been handsomely rewarded for their continued patience, as the company boasts a stellar 59 years of uninterrupted dividend growth.

Still doubt the quality of this investment? Ask Warren Buffett what he thinks: Berkshire Hathaway, the Oracle of Omaha’s holding company, generates more than $672 million in Coca-Cola dividends every year. Cha-ching!

2. Reality Income

Realty Income is another Dividend King with a dividend history that is difficult to compete with. The triple-net lease REIT has a current dividend yield of 4.18% and more than 25 years of consistent dividend growth. In total, Realty Income has paid dividends to its shareholders for more than 50 consecutive years.

This is a textbook example of a sleep well at night stock.

3. Enbridge

Are you looking for a high-quality dividend-paying energy stock you can buy and hold for the next decade? Enbridge may be the stock you are looking for. This Canadian company owns and operates pipelines throughout Canada and the United States, transporting crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids.

While Enbridge lowered its dividend once in 2011, it has consistently paid a dividend for the past 67 years. Very few companies in the world can say that. With the current energy crisis spooking fuel consumers, Enbridge shareholders are looking forward to plenty more dividend income in the coming years.

4. Sanofi

Sanofi is a French pharmaceutical company that is part of the Euro Stoxx 50 market index. With more than 36 billion euros of revenues in 2020, it is one of the largest healthcare firms in the world.

It is also one of the most reliable dividend paying stocks investors can purchase: in February 2022, the board of directors proposed a dividend of 3.33 euros per share, which would mark the 28th consecutive year of dividend growth. Given the increasing interest in healthcare, Sanofi investors should expect continued dividend growth over the coming years.

5. Unilever

Unilever is a British multinational consumer goods conglomerate whose products include food, cleaning agents, and beauty products, among others. If you open your pantry, there is a high chance that you’ll find some of their products inside it.

Not only is Unilever an agribusiness heavyweight, but it is also one of the world’s most reliable dividend payers. With 32 years of dividend payments under its belt, and an 880% increase in its stock price since 1989, the firm feeds both investors’ nutritional and financial appetites.

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