In a previous study
, we showed that the average return of high dividend yielding stocks
was 13.04% between 1927 and 2009. Dividend stocks beat the overall market by an average of 1.36% per year in that period. These stocks are outperforming the market this year as well.
Since the beginning of this year, the average return of the 20 high dividend yielding
S&P500 stocks was 6.09%, beating the SPY by 2.33%. The second group of 20 stocks with lower dividend yields returned 3.29% on average, underperforming both the stocks in the first group and the SPY (Read more about these stocks and our lengthy article here
). Here is how high dividend stocks performed this year: