BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- With market volatility swinging higher this week, it pays to get some protection for your portfolio -- literally.
I'm talking about dividends, the cash payouts that many firms make to shareholders on a quarterly basis. If you've been ignoring dividends for your portfolio, you shouldn't. With corporate cash and investor anxiety both at all time highs, it makes sense to add some income to your portfolio; not only are dividend-payers typically more defensive stocks, their payouts reduce the overall volatility of your holdings.
Today, we'll take a look at firms that have been ratcheting their payouts higher.
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