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Where to Find Dependable Dividend Income

By Dan Caplinger and Lauren Anderson - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:35AM

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Looking beyond yield to find long track records of success is your best bet.

Dividend stocks have never been more popular among investors seeking to boost the amount of income they get from their investment portfolios. But it can be tough to be sure that the dividend stock you choose will keep delivering solid income for years to come.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger about choosing dividend stocks that will provide dependable income. Dan notes that while high yields can be attractive, you should also seek out stocks with histories of maintaining and even increasing dividend payouts over time. He identifies one promising list on which you'll find several stocks that pass the long-term dividend test of time, and goes through some well-known names to consider along with some lesser-known but equally attractive dividend stocks.

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Stocks Mentioned

AT&T Inc. Stock Quote
AT&T Inc.
$21.25 (0.40%) $0.09
The Coca-Cola Company Stock Quote
The Coca-Cola Company
$63.86 (-0.25%) $0.16
Pepsico, Inc. Stock Quote
Pepsico, Inc.
$168.10 (0.17%) $0.28
Emerson Electric Co. Stock Quote
Emerson Electric Co.
$83.27 (-0.74%) $0.62
HCP, Inc. Stock Quote
HCP, Inc.
$29.39 (-0.24%) $0.07

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