There’s no better time than now to invest in dividend stocks. And some of the best dividend stocks that beat the S&P 500’s average yield of 2% can be found in the healthcare sector.
Global dividends fell by 12.2% in 2020 after the pandemic forced businesses and corporations to make a total of $220 billion in dividend cuts between the second and fourth quarters of 2020. Since then, dividend payments jumped 26% to $471.7 billion. And dividends paid to investors are expected to pay out $1.39 trillion by the end of the year.
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Many investors often break their portfolio into separate baskets, such as core holdings versus non-core holdings. Core holdings, including dividend stocks, are often considered to be the best available companies to own as their competitive advantages have set them apart from their peers. These are the stocks investors plan to hold forever.
These types of companies often have very long histories of dividend growth as well, some of which have achieved dividend aristocrat status as they have increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.
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