With interest rates near-zero and bonds yields paltry, dividend stocks enjoyed a strong run in 2016. This has changed in 2017. Dividend stocks have fallen out of favor.
Investors expect interest rates to rise as President Trump's plan to spur economic growth stokes inflation. A substantial number of investors, however, need income. Although interest rates may rise, they are unlikely to shoot up dramatically anytime soon.
Studies repeatedly show dividend-paying stocks that consistently increase dividends outperform non-dividend paying stocks. As such, this is a good time to scout for high-quality dividend stocks worth investing.
Here are some ideas: