These high-yielding, dividend-paying stocks put money in your pocket

Strong companies you’ll want to keep for the long-term

With bond yields offering little, income-focused investors have been turning to stocks to provide the regular cash they seek. The trade-off, of course, is that stocks are riskier than bonds.

Dividend-paying stocks provide both cash and a cushion against market volatility and portfolio risk. But this is no secret, and in this low-yield environment investors have embraced dividend stocks. Yet meanwhile, S&P 500 SPX, -0.35%  companies at least are apparently being stingier with their capital, as dividends increased at their slowest pace since 2011.

Nonetheless, cash is cash, and so dividend-paying stocks are having their day. Most of these stocks can provide short-term portfolio protection, but only some are worth holding as longer-term investments for appreciation and decent — and secure — income.

Here are five such stocks to consider...

Source: MarketWatch

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