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3 Signs of a Safe Dividend

The interplay of several elements--economic moats, strong finances, and balanced payout ratios--creates a reliable stream of dividends, says Morningstar's Josh Peters.

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Note: This article is part of Morningstar's November 2015 Income Investing Week special report.

Dependable. Stable. Reliable. These words often come to mind when investors think of dividend-paying stocks--unless these investors own Wynn Resorts (WYNN) or Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), both of which cut their dividends earlier this year.

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Susan Dziubinski does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.