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Investing in the Top Sectors for Dividend Stocks

Part of the Dividend Stocks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Several industrial sectors are filled with dividend-paying companies, and some sectors provide better bets than others for your dividend stock investment portfolio. The following sectors offer the top options for dividend stock investing; when you’re fishing for good dividend stocks, you can improve your chances of hooking some keepers by dropping your line in these holes:

  • Utilities: Electricity, water, and natural gas (suppliers, not producers)

  • Energy: Oil, natural gas (producers, not suppliers), and master limited partnerships (MLPs)

  • Telecommunications: Carriers (U.S. and international) and wireless services

  • Consumer staples: Food/beverages, prescription drugs, household products, tobacco, and alcohol

  • Real estate: Commercial, residential, or office buildings inside real estate investment trusts (REITS)

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