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A reasonable place to start is with a screened list of stocks which pay high dividends. A good additional screen is one where the companies have increased their dividends, year after year, for some "X" period of years. (That tends to indicate that management thinks the dividend is sacrosanct. Doesn't always work out, of course. GE was on that list and hadn't trimmed the dividend for 25 years, and then suddenly, oops, financial crisis: the stock fell in half and the dividend was slashed. It's coming back a little now, but... --- For exactly this reason it's wise to split up the money into a half dozen, or dozen (depending on size) different issues, and make sure they're in different segments, too. You don't want all consumer goods, or all banks, or all pharma, even if the dividends look enticing.)

Anyway, here is a list of Dividend Achievers, which JackCade and/or WendyBG post from time to time on the BMW board. If the list looks complicated, just look at the ticker symbol (first column) and dividend (third column). Then, obviously, do some further research on those companies which you are thinking of buying; it's not just about the dividend, right?

If you do google searches on "Dividend Achievers" and "Dividend Aristocrats" you will find several sites which will list them for you in a variety of ways.

You could spend a couple bucks and get a 13-week online account at ValueLine, which will allow you to screen by a variety of functions, including their own ratings for stability, etc.

One that I notice doesn't come up on the Wendy list is Coca-Cola. That's one that most anyone can feel comfortable with; offering a 3% dividend. There are others, which is why you may want to do searches on different sites and in different ways.
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