The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith and energy editor Joel South discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin talks about one of his favorite dividend-paying retailers: Macy's. He looks at this company's responsible management of discounting during the holiday season as just one indication of a disciplined and calculating management team. Coupled with other great investor-friendly moves like a recent doubling of the dividend, and a major share repurchase plan, he thinks this company is one of the few out there that will survive what is being labeled as "The Death of Retail."

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