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High-Yield 'BRICs' to Help Build Your Portfolio

The dividend calculates out to a very high 10.7%, which includes capital gains. However, the fund has been paying its dividend only once a year, and has paid out in only eight out of the last 10 years.

Finally, there is Brazil -- the largest country in Latin America in terms of area and population, and the fifth-largest country in the world. For such a big country, there are very few dividend-paying companies.

However, there is Petroleo Brasileiro (PBR), an oil exploration and production company, which yields 2.5%. It has a trailing P/E of 8.8.

For those interested in a Brazilian financial play, there is Banco Itau (ITU), another member of the Claymore/BNY BRIC ETF. It has a dividend yield of 2.0%.

In the mining sector, generating a yield of 1.5%, is Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (RIO). It is owned by a who's who of the greatest investors ever, including George Soros; super investor Louis Bacon of Moore Capital; and one of Jim Cramer's favorite hedge funds to follow, Atticus Capital -- which is also a big holder of NYSE Euronext (NYX).

You can see the full list of the highest-yielding BRIC stocks on Stockpickr. Another interesting list to track in a related area is the Highest Yielding China Stocks portfolio. And, while you're at it, why not check out the highest-yielding bank stocks and the highest-yielding stocks that pay monthly dividends.

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James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs several quantitative-based hedge funds as well as a fund of hedge funds. He is also the author of Trade Like a Hedge Fund and Trade Like Warren Buffett. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback; click here to send him an email.

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