When searching for dividend stocks, there are a few things you want to consider. Of course you want a company that has an attractive dividend yield, and anything above 2% to 3% is generally considered to be pretty good. High yield isn’t everything, though — you also want to make sure the company has a history of steady earnings growth. Increasing profits provide a company with stability, which allows it to not only make consistent dividend payments, but also to raise those payments on a consistent basis.
These traits are ideal in dividend stocks, and they’re why Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR), Cincinnati Financial (NASDAQ:CINF), and United Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSI) are all great dividend stocks you can trust to pay you year after year.
Arbor Realty: A REIT with a high yield
Arbor Realty is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the multifamily housing sector, with 81% of its total loan portfolio made…