Dividend stocks are always a popular bet in this low-yield environment. But blue-chip stocks with big dividends could be even more in demand should the stock market suffer a correction in the months ahead.
Despite blue-chip stocks pushing up against new all-time highs, a 30% up year in 2013 has many investors waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Furthermore, the end of earnings season and the month of May possibly bringing on a softer season for the stock market fuels a general sense that we could see a bit of trouble over the next few months.
I, for one, subscribe to that notion and am loading up on dividend stocks myself as a result. However, I don’t expect a sustained crash that will erase value from the stock market permanently. A pullback would then simply be an opportunity to enter long-term positions in blue-chip stocks that pay good income over the years ahead — and keep your money safe even in a choppy stock market.
So, what companies should income investors be looking at? Here are five such crash-proof dividend stocks to consider.