In the following video, part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, Motley Fool analyst John Reeves and David Meier, associate advisor of Million Dollar Portfolio, discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, John and David talk about some promising dividend stocks for 2012. Dave shares three attractive ideas and tells John what he looks for in an outstanding dividend stock. We also spend some time talking about what to avoid when hunting for dividends. Watch the video here:

John Reeves and David Meier both own shares of Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Waste Management and Apple. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Waste Management and Apple, as well as writing a covered strangle position on Waste Management and creating a bull call spread position in Apple. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.