Where I'm Finding Dividend Yields Up to 17.6% Income Investors 2018-08-24 09:48:46 dividend yield dividend stocks us stock market blue-chip stocks There aren't a lot of great sources of income out there for investors these days, but you can find several if you're willing to look internationally. Dividend Stocks https://www.incomeinvestors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/high-yield-stocks-150x150.jpg

Where I’m Finding Dividend Yields Up to 17.6%

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The Last Place for High Yields

It’s an income desert out there.

Bank accounts yield next to nothing. Bond payouts barely top two percent.

Blue-chip stocks used to pay good income, but after a nine-year bull market, the yield on equities has dropped to record lows. And like searching for water in the Sahara, investors have found their sources of income drying up.

Thankfully, there are answers. You can still find markets out there that pay out safe, high yields. You just need to look a little further afield.

International stocks have massively underperformed U.S. equities. And this has been going on for quite some time.

To see what I mean, take a look at the chart below. Stocks in the U.S. have soared in the last decade. Meanwhile, investors abroad have suffered through a long period of downright awful returns.

Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

This has created a huge gap in valuations.

As you would expect, the U.S. stock market trades at a premium 17 times next year’s earnings. International equities, meanwhile, only exchange hands for 13 times forward profits.

This type of dramatic underperformance has happened before. The last time international stocks underperformed U.S. equities this badly was 1995 through 1998. You can probably guess what happened next.

International markets shot up by 55% in 1999. Foreign equities crushed U.S. returns over the next decade, going on to deliver a 400% gain through the mid-2000s.

Could we see the same thing play out today? For sure.

Growth has started to accelerate worldwide. And if these stocks regain popularity on Wall Street, shares could rally in a hurry.

In the meantime, investors can lock in some of the highest yields around. In the U.S., traders have bid up the prices of most blue-chip dividend stocks. But abroad, you can still find safe businesses paying out yields as high as 17.6%.

Company Name & Stock Ticker

Country

Yield

BT Group plc (NYSE:BT)

U.K.

10.4%

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (NYSE:BBVA)

Argentina

11.4%

Enel Generacion Chile SA (NYSE:EOCC)

Chile

11.5%

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (NYSE:SNP)

China

14.3%

Mobil’nye Telesistemy PAO (NYSE:MBT)

Russia

17.6%

(Source: Google Finance, last accessed August 6, 2018.)

I’ve highlighted some of my favorite dividend payers above.

Because these stocks come from countries that have fallen out of favor among analysts, investors can scoop up shares for a fraction of their real value. And better still, these names pay out some of the highest dividend yields around.

In other words, international stocks might be the last source of dividend yield in today’s income desert.

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