In gambling, as in investing, a statistical advantage is everything -- although the casino usually has it. But not always: Counting cards, if done correctly, gives a blackjack gambler a 1% advantage. Sounds small, but it's enough to give a precious few a full-time profession.
Now imagine if you could get a 3% advantage in investing.
Then you could be a full-time investor ...
Few folks seriously consider becoming full-time investors, but in a way, that's what you do in retirement. And even if clocking out isn't in your periscope at the moment (it should be), investing is at least a side job for you, a way to earn a little more money. Or else you wouldn't be reading this article.
Now, that 3% advantage sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? It isn't. Because that's the advantage that Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel demonstrated that high-yielding, dividend-paying stocks have over the rest of the market. This study -- one of many he's cranked out over the years -- showed specifically that the S&P's 100 highest-yielding stocks outperformed the overall index by three percentage points annually from 1957 to 2003. In the world of finance, that's huge!
So what are three dividend payers that could help you get started beating the market? Here you go:
First up is Citizens Communications
Plum Creek Timber
The Foolish conclusion
I'll be clear in stating that I'm not recommending these stocks as "buys." I'm not calling them unworthy, either. Still, waters that statistically turn up strong performers are a great starting point.
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James Early owns no stocks mentioned in this article. GlaxoSmithKline and Citizens Communications are Income Investor recommendations. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.