However, the best dividend stocks are not just companies that shell out a mammoth payday and subsequently struggle to stay relevant. (After all, one way to see a dividend yield double is to watch the share price get cut in half.)
So rather than simply chase high-yield dividend stocks, investors should instead focus on sustainable businesses that consistently deliver a great deal of capital back to shareholders — and as profits grow, those payouts grow as well.
Nobody likes to see a mammoth corporation stockpiling cash instead of letting shareholders share in the largesse. So consider these seven dividend stocks as case studies in companies that are being very generous with their profits: