Do you know the red flags to look for when evaluating dividend stocks? Even if a company keeps making its payments as scheduled, there could still be problems that aren't apparent. With that in mind, here are five things you should make sure to look for when evaluating dividend stocks as potential investments, and when checking up on the dividend stocks in your portfolio.
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