NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- After a brief parting from my charts to watch Green Bay's glorious victory and dominance over the Vikings in title-town, I reviewed many more dividend paying stocks.
Even with dividend tax rates going up and even if growth and earnings come under pressure as a result of consumers spending less, your portfolio is going to be very happy to at least have regular dividend income arriving while we all collectively sit on our hands and wait this economic downturn out.
In the first half of 2013, we have federal tax-and-spending battles to look forward to. In the second half, we have fears of the Affordable Care Act taxes and regulations starting in 2014.
With the one-two punch we can see coming our way, should we just write the whole year off and go on vacation? Not at all. Now is the time to get serious about finding ways to make money in this environment. Even if, you can't bank on a bull market, you can position your portfolio for an attractive yield.
If we pull out of the recession and the market moves higher, these stocks stand to profit and go along for the ride too.