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Five awesome stocks with five percent yields

This week we want to take a look at a few stocks with big dividend yields. Each of the five stocks we discuss today have dividend yields of at least 5%.

The main thing to remember when looking at stocks with high dividend yields is that the underlying fundamentals are not always as great as one would like to see. More often than not, when a stock’s yield rises, it is because the underlying security has fallen in value while the company left its dividend payments unchanged.

Keeping this in mind, we must pay special attention to stocks that offer high yields, and in some cases exercise patience and look for buying opportunities as they present themselves.

Large dividend yields are attractive, but they are meaningless if the underlying security loses more in value than they provide in their dividend payments. The following five stocks all have dividend yields greater than five percent, and have limited downside risk.

If you are looking for stocks with big dividend yields, you should consider taking a closer look at the following five stocks and decide if they fit into your overall portfolio strategy.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.