this is interestingI did the same thing in August 2010--bought a lot of the same usual suspects you did There are 12 stocks and three preferreds in banks in the portfolio for a total of 15 positions. The criteria was they had to pay no less than 3.5% yields and they had to be what I considered a good deal. Most of these big blue chips were insanely cheap at the time.The portfolio has appreciated by 36% in 29 months after paying out all the dividends every month--principal has been kept intactThis has been a real lesson in how to construct a portfolio ignoring all the investor favorites. it might have done better with Netflix Amazon Apple Google and Chipotle, but it has served its purpose generating income with remarkably low volatility and unexpected price appreciation.
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