The best income investors look for dividend-paying stocks that not only provide streams of reliable income, but also offer the potential for share-price appreciation. Since 2003, the Motley Fool Income Investor service has found companies that offer this money-making combination of favorable traits, and its picks have outperformed the broader S&P 500 stock market index while paying members more income. Below, we'll show you how you can get access to the winning picks that this award-winning service has made -- while paying far less than you'd ever think possible.

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What makes Income Investor picks so enriching

Motley Fool Income Investor focuses on finding stocks that stand out from their peers. Thousands of stocks pay dividends, but only a small number of those stocks have the histories of consistent successful business performance and the dedication to return capital to shareholders that makes them the cream of the dividend-paying crop. Each month, Income Investor members receive a stock pick from the service. In making its picks, Income Investor focuses on several key qualities that characterize top-notch dividend stocks:

  • Consistent dividends that ideally grow over time, along with the potential to produce capital gains through share-price appreciation.
  • A strong management team whose interests are aligned with those of company shareholders.
  • Solid balance sheets and cash flow, along with the size to withstand industry and overall market downturns.
  • Competitive advantages that will stand the test of time.

With each pick, Income Investor members receive an investment thesis, a valuation analysis, a look at risks, and things to watch out for that could be game-changers for the stock. The service also provides ongoing coverage after the recommendation to ensure that the company is still a smart investment.

Investors also have ongoing access to the monthly Best Buys Now list of the timeliest investing opportunities. This list offers Income Investor members a way to decide how to put new money to work in the most effective way possible.

The true value of Income Investor picks

A look at the top picks from Motley Fool Income Investor really brings home the value that the service provides. Energy companies have long been a favorite for Income Investor, and among the service's best performers of all time are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP), with an 800% total return since late 2008, and ONEOK (NYSE: OKE), which has returned 650% since its recommendation in late 2005. Many investors have avoided the energy space recently, especially because of its volatility in light of crude oil prices that plunged during most of 2015 and have only partially rebounded in 2016. Nevertheless, those who identified the resiliency of midstream companies that operate pipelines and other transportation infrastructure assets have been rewarded with above-market income yields and strong share-price appreciation.

Also, more traditional picks help Income Investor investors get stability along with solid returns. Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) has a relatively simple business, providing snowplow equipment and ice-fighting products to municipal and state governments to keep their populations mobile. The stock has more than tripled since Income Investor's 2012 recommendation, and recent acquisitions have opened up new growth opportunities for Douglas Dynamics as well.

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Value investors know good buys when they see them. That's why we've offered access to Motley Fool Income Investor at such a low price: so that you'll act now without delay. Join the Motley Fool Income Investor community right now and start making your portfolio work harder for you.

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