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These 20 stocks pay you to own them

The Motley Fool Logo By Chuck Saletta of The Motley Fool | Slide 1 of 21: Dividend paying stocks can be a great way to invest. When times are good, the dividend looks like icing on the cake that adds a little bit to your returns. When the market goes south, investors can continue to receive the cash as long as the company behind the stock continues to earn enough money to pay it. That provides cash for “buying low” without having to sell something already in your portfolio while it’s down.Of course, the key risk involved is that dividends aren’t guaranteed payments, and when a company cuts its dividend, its share price typically falls as well. That makes it important to consider how well supported a company’s dividend is when looking to invest in companies that pay them. Keeping that balance in mind, here are 20 stocks that pay you to own them, along with some key reasons to believe many of them may be able to continue to keep those payments flowing.

Keep the dividend income flowing

Dividend paying stocks can be a great way to invest. When times are good, the dividend looks like icing on the cake that adds a little bit to your returns. When the market goes south, investors can continue to receive the cash as long as the company behind the stock continues to earn enough money to pay it. That provides cash for “buying low” without having to sell something already in your portfolio while it’s down.

Of course, the key risk involved is that dividends aren’t guaranteed payments, and when a company cuts its dividend, its share price typically falls as well. That makes it important to consider how well supported a company’s dividend is when looking to invest in companies that pay them. Keeping that balance in mind, here are 20 stocks that pay you to own them, along with some key reasons to believe many of them may be able to continue to keep those payments flowing.

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