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5 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for Retirement Income

These high-dividend stocks don't just throw off crazy yield; they're actually pretty dependable, too

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Best Dividend Stocks for Retirement – Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT)

highest dividend stocks AHTAHT Dividend Yield: 4.4%

Ashford Hospitality Trust (AHT) is a terrific hotel REIT with properties all over the country, diversified in both asset class and geography. Ashford manages capital better than any other hotel REIT, routinely refinancing its debt and pushing maturities out several years, and instituting interest-rate hedges that optimize debt service.

Management has been in the hotel business for 25 years, and while Ashford did have to suspend its common dividend during the financial crisis, it at least preserved its preferreds — a rarity in the space.

AHT’s 4.4% yield is attractive for common stock, and its Preferred D shares offer a fantastic yield of more than 8%.

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