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MarketWatch’s Gold: Music Still Playing for the Dividend Dance

By Dan Weil   |   Sunday, 14 Oct 2012 02:57 PM

With fixed-income investments like Treasurys, Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS), and high-yield bonds way overpriced, dividend stocks are still the way to go, says MarketWatch columnist Howard Gold.

While dividend stocks already have soared during the past 3 ½ years, outperforming the stock market as a whole, there are still good values to be had, experts told Gold at a recent investment conference.

“There’s still a . . . difference between what you can get in bonds and what you can get from dividend-paying stocks,” said Roger Conrad, editor of Utility Forecaster.

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Mark Skousen, editor-in-chief of Forecasts & Strategies, likes business development companies – ones that invest in businesses like private equity firms do. “They are investing in these private companies, funding them, charging them very nice fees,” he said.

Skousen particularly likes Main Street Capital (Ticker: MAIN), which offers a yield of 5.7 percent, and Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR), which has a yield of 9.5 percent.

But both stocks have scored major gains over the past four months, so be cautious about buying now.

Last month, Morningstar listed the 10 top yielding dividend-yielding stocks held by its favorite money managers. The roster included:

• Vodafone Group (VOD), with a yield of 5.1 percent;
• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), with a yield of 4.99 percent;
• ConocoPhillips (COP), with a yield of 4.66 percent;
• Eli Lilly (LLY), with a yield of 3.87 percent;
• Novartis (NVS), with a yield of 4.04 percent;
• Merck (MRK), with a yield of 3.7 percent.

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