Dividends are a great way to generate income without having to sell stocks. But a dividend doesn’t automatically make a stock better or worse. The best gains in the market over the past two years have come from technology stocks, many of which don’t pay dividends at all.
However, some of the best long-term investments are solid companies that pay stable and growing dividends. Here’s your survival guide for finding the best dividend stocks — including what to avoid and what to look for.