By now, income investing and buying the best dividend stocks seems all we talk about here at InvestorPlace.com. The hunger for yield in 2012 continues as investors pile into dividend stocks even during the headline-driven earnings season.
That’s because with the eurozone debt crisis still afoot (consider Spanish bond yields still hover in the 7% range), China’s economy showing a slowdown and resulting in calls for policy action and the lingering trouble in the U.S. jobs market … well, it’s still very much a “risk-off” environment for traders in these low-volume days of summer.
The good news is that while the market is choppy, there are options. When you are thinking in terms of retirement decades down the road, dividends can add up in a hurry. Consider this: If you buy a stock with a 4% dividend, you will double your money in about 18 years even if the stock goes nowhere. That’s peace of mind that many long-term investors thirst for right now.
So if you’re looking for the biggest brands with the biggest-yielding stocks, here’s a list of the top 10 dividend stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to help you out: