There's nothing better than a small-cap stock that pays a nice dividend.

There's usually a certain amount of risk involved when you invest in a small-cap stock, but a stock that pays a steady dividend takes some of that risk out of the equation. Small-caps that pay dividends make up an overlooked area of investing. In addition to reducing risk, these types of stocks allow diversification into smaller companies with the advantage of a dividend yield to help accelerate the return of capital.

When screening for small-caps with high yields at Stockpickr, we used a capitalization range of $250 million to $500 million. This eliminates real estate investment trusts, closed-end funds and oil income trusts. The Stockpickr portfolio of the highest-yielding small-cap stocks is worth a look.

Also available on Stockpickr is a portfolio set up by one of my favorite bloggers, The Microcap Speculator. He has created a portfolio that details micro-caps with dividends.

There are a number of small-cap stocks with high yields from various industries to choose from. The highest yielder is U.S. Shipping ( USS), which offers a dividend yield of 9.8% with a capitalization of about $330 million. The company transports petroleum with its maritime fleet of tank vessels, and the stock has a fairly high price-to-earnings ratio of 42.4.

Quarterly earnings at U.S. Shipping were up 37% year over year on a 13% increase in revenue. The company has paid the same dividend, 45 cents per share, for the past nine quarters in a row. The company is also on a list we set up called the 9% Yield Club, which includes Nelson Peltz investment vehicle Deerfield Triarc Capital ( DFR).

How does billionaire Peltz get such yields? We track the Nelson Peltz portfolio here, which includes holdings such as Wendy's ( WEN) and H.J. Heinz ( HNZ).

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Another small-cap with a high yield is Standard Register ( SR), a Dayton, Ohio, company that's been around since 1912. This provider of custom-printed documents and labels has a dividend yield of 7.6%. The company has a forward P/E of 22 and a PEG ratio of 4.8. The stock has paid quarterly dividends in the amount of 23 cents per share for the past 29 quarters in a row.

Finally, there's Cherokee ( CHKE), a licensor of brand names and trademarks for clothing, home items and sporting goods. It pays a yield of 6.7% and has a favorable trailing P/E of 11.6 and a PEG ratio of 1.5. The company saw an increase of about 375% in quarterly earnings year over year.

Cherokee has increased its dividend every year, and the quarterly dividend was just raised from 60 cents to 75 cents per quarter. The company is also on the TSC Ratings Top 5 Small-Cap Stocks list.

A list of all the high-yield small-caps paying above 5% called the highest-yielding small-caps can be found at Stockpickr.

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Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider U.S. Shipping, Standard Register and Cherokee to be small-cap stocks. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

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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