The Federal Reserve has been loose with its policies and has established the current zero-interest rate policy that could extend for the next several years. In this environment, investors have been clamoring for dividend investments to make up for their lack of investment income. 

All the while, inflation has been kept well below historical norms. Why not reap the benefits of high yields while hedging against inflation, should it revert to the mean? Some of the best bets are high-dividend energy companies that are globally diversified oil and natural gas producers such as Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A). Check out the following video for some of Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman's top picks.

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