While the government shutdown has put a pinch on the markets, the U.S economy has been steadily recovering for the most part this year, sending domestic equities — dividend stocks, growth stocks … you name it — up in the process.
However, while growth here in the states typically translates to growth overseas as well, that relationship hasn’t been as strong this year.
As Bloomberg’s Simon Kennedy recently reported, economists are predicting that an acceleration in the U.S. will “provide less oomph abroad than it once did.” A few quick reasons:
- America is focusing on greater demand and production at home.
- The U.S. holds a shrinking share of worldwide GDP.
- We are also tapping more of our own energy.
Those factors are notable for a big reason — they’re “mega-trends.” In other words, they are trends that not only are expected to have a powerful effect on various markets, but they also should last for years, possibly even decades. That means the companies behind them could be perfectly positioned to make a nice buck or two over the long haul.
The following three companies could each see their fortunes vastly improved thanks to one of these mega-trends. But more importantly, while you wait for these long-term stories to play out, these dividend stocks will provide sweet payouts in return for your patience: