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3 Dividend Stocks for 2021

It pays to be choosy when it comes to dividend paying stocks.

Dave Sekera: Investors focused on income have been having an increasingly harder time finding new opportunities this year. The stock market has been making new highs as earnings growth has been robust, but dividend growth has not been able to keep up with prices. And as such, dividend yields have been falling. 

In the fixed-income market, interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds bottomed out earlier this year, and they have rebounded a bit, but at 1.5%, the yield on a 10-year Treasury bond has still only returned to its pre-pandemic historical lows. In the corporate bond market, credit spread on corporate bonds does provide some extra yield for investors. But the spreads are at their tightest levels since before the 2008 global financial crisis.