It's not a secret anymore. Dividends are one of the keys to successful investing.
For years we've been pointing StreetAuthority readers to high-yielding stocks as well as stressing the benefit of owning companies with a long history of dividend increases.
A few weeks ago, Elliott Gue shared 14 stocks that have raised their dividends for 50 years or more. His essay showed that you could have substantially beaten the market in the past 20 years by simply buying these stocks and holding onto them.
And Amy Calistri, the brains behind our Daily Paycheck newsletter, uses three types of dividend payers to generate an average yield of 6.9% across her portfolios:
-- High-Yield Opportunities (Securities yielding 7.5% or more)
-- Fast Dividend Growers (Securities growing dividends by 15% or more every year)
-- Steady Income Generators (Some of the most reliable dividend payers on earth).
The results so far speak for themselves...
Amy has racked up annual returns of over 10% a year since she started The Daily Paycheck. And she's collected a total of $51,965 in dividend checks in just 44 months by focusing exclusively on dividend-paying investments.
Of the three portfolios, stocks in the Fast Dividend Growers are doing the best. Since Amy started her portfolio in December 2009, they have returned 70%... For comparison, only 19 stocks in the S&P 500 returned more than 70% over the same time period.
But I am not here to talk about the power of dividend growth or even "normal" dividend payers. I am sure most of you already know about those.
Instead, I want to bring you a completely new idea Amy thought of to find high-yielding stocks that are "hiding in plain sight." She first wrote about them in her May issue of The Daily Paycheck, but it's an idea you've likely never heard of before.
We call them "Hidden High-Yielders."
The name already says plenty, but before I explain in further detail what a "Hidden High-Yielder" is and how you can find them, I want to show you a chart. After the StreetAuthority research staff looked at every single one of these secret, high-yielding stocks, we picked the top four to see how they performed versus the S&P 500 in the last decade. The results astounded us...
These "Hidden High-Yielders" crushed the market by an 8-to-1 margin while returning, on average, 25% a year. That's enough to turn a $10,000 investment into $93,132 in just a decade.
So... what are "Hidden High-Yielders?"
Usually, when you're researching a dividend-paying stock, most financial websites post the company's dividend yield right on the stock's summary page. But what you may not know is that some sources like Yahoo! Finance, may list a yield that's much lower than what the company actually pays.
How could a popular financial website be under-reporting a company's yield? And in many cases, it's not just by a little -- for example, we've found a company that really had an annual yield of 11.3%, but Yahoo listed it as 1.5%.
You can look at sites like Google Finance and Dividend.com just to double check -- and find the same thing. But in the example we found, the company's CEO said a letter to shareholders: "Additionally, the $5.30 per share in dividends we paid during 2012 provided a yield of 11.3%..." [Emphasis added].
If you were searching for a high-yielder and trusted one of these popular financial websites -- as millions of individual and professional investors do -- you could have easily passed on this fantastic dividend-paying company.
You would have missed out on an 11.3% yield -- one of the highest yields in the market, and more than 4 times what you can get by investing in The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) or many other blue chips.
Luckily, we figured out the reason why, and you can use this information to your advantage, especially given the dangerous circumstances income investors are facing -- perhaps unknowingly -- today.