Here in Chicago, you're either a Cubs fans or a White Sox fan. (Given that my husband and I met at what was then called Comiskey Park, you know where my allegiance lies.) In much the same way, investors who favor dividend-paying stocks generally fall into one of two camps.
Those investing for current income usually prefer the dividend stocks with the highest yields, which means leaning toward utilities, REITs, and consumer defensive names. Often such high-yielding fare are highly leveraged, lower-quality companies.
Susan Dziubinski does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar's editorial policies.