BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- When it comes to dividend stocks, bigger is generally better.
Bigger dividend payouts and bigger companies mean two things: heftier income and more stable payouts. That's especially true right now, when market conditions are anything but favorable for folks who are trying to earn income from their portfolios.
Right now, we're seeing a convergence of factors working against investors. For starters, retail investors are fleeing from equities en masse. In the last year, more than $170 billion has come out of equity mutual funds, instead making its way over to less risky (and less rewarding) bond funds at a time when interest rates are scraping against the bottom of historic lows.
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