The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Andrew Tonner, technology editor and analyst, and Brendan Byrnes, industrials editor and analyst, discuss topics around the investing world.

In the newest edition of this popular series, Andrew and Brendan examine two specific dividend-paying companies to see which deserves a spot in investors' portfolios and which doesn't. Andrew pitches semiconductor stalwart Texas Instruments, and Brendan examines Pitney Bowes.

Dividend investing offers investors a lot to like. However, it certainly carries many inherent risks that can sink an investor's holding if not carefully monitored.

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