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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.

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