BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- These five firms are getting ready to boost dividends. They just don't know it yet.
There's a lot of attention being hoisted on dividend stocks right now, and it's easy to see why: when interest rates are sitting at record lows, investors are grasping for any means of earning income from their portfolios right now. That's why it's ironic that now's such a good time to be a dividend investor.
The companies that make up the S&P 500 have more cash than ever before, they have higher profits than ever before, and they pay a bigger dividend yield than they have in the last two decades. So while other income-generating investments (like bonds or treasuries) aren't much more than "safety-at-any-cost" investments right now, dividend stocks are pulling their weight.
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