7 Dividend Stocks Perfect for Retirement

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While getting to retirement age can be a blessing and a curse, the reality of counting on the U.S. government to provide for your needs is not the best idea. The full retirement age is 66 if you were born from 1943 to 1954. The full retirement age increases gradually if you were born between 1955 and 1960 until it reaches 67; for anyone born in 1960 or later, full retirement benefits are payable at age 67.

The bad news for millennials is that the number will continue to increase as funds for social security are drying up, and their full retirement age will likely be 70, or perhaps even older.

What makes sense is having a 401-K or an IRA during your working career and contributing the maximum every year. When you reach retirement age, you take distributions to supplement your social security income.

We screened our 24/7 Wall St. equity research universe for safe growth stocks with a sizable and dependable dividend. Seven companies came up, and all make sense for retirement accounts. All are rated Buy at major Wall Street firms.


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This stock is one of the top pharmaceutical stock picks across Wall Street and pays a substantial 4% dividend. AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories.

The company develops and markets drugs in areas such as:

  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Renal disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Neuroscience

One of the biggest concerns with AbbVie is what might eventually happen with the anti-inflammatory therapy Humira, which has some of the most significant sales for a drug ever recorded.

The company was very concerned, so in June of 2019, they announced they had agreed to pay $63 billion for rival drugmaker Allergan Plc, the latest merger in an industry where some of the biggest companies have been willing to pay a high price to resolve questions about their future growth. The purchase officially closed in May of 2020.

AbbVie may be nearing the limits of how far it can boost Humira’s price as cheaper competitors come to market. This is a problem Allergan is already grappling with as more alternatives to Botox emerge.


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This integrated giant is a safer way for investors looking to get positioned in the energy sector and pays a rich 4% dividend. Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) engages in integrated energy and chemicals operations worldwide through its subsidiaries.

The company operates in two segments:

  • Upstream
  • Downstream.

The Upstream segment is involved in the

  • Exploration
  • Development
  • Production
  • Transportation of crude oil and natural gas
  • Processing, liquefaction, transportation, and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas
  • Transportation of crude oil through pipelines
  • Transportation, storage, and marketing of natural gas, as well as operating a gas-to-liquids plant

The Downstream segment engages in:

  • Refining crude oil into petroleum products
  • Marketing crude oil, refined products, and lubricants
  • Manufacturing and marketing renewable fuels;
  • Transporting crude oil and advanced products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment, and rail car
  • Manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses, and fuel and lubricant additives

This is one of the three energy holdings in Berkshire Hathaway, which holds 123 million shares of the integrated giant.



This top company is also a safe play for investors and retirees and pays a 2.45% dividend. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL), together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells consumer products worldwide.

The company operates through three segments:

  • Oral
  • Personal, home care
  • Pet nutrition.

The Oral, Personal, and Home Care segment offers:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash,
  • Bar and liquid hand soaps
  • Shower gels
  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Deodorants and antiperspirants
  • Skin health products,
  • Dishwashing detergents
  • Fabric conditioners
  • Household cleaners

This segment markets and sells its products under various brands, which include:

  • Colgate
  • Darlie
  • Elmex
  • Hello
  • Meridol
  • Sorriso
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Irish Spring
  • Palmolive
  • Protex
  • Sanex
  • Softsoap
  • Lady Speed Stick
  • Speed Stick
  • EltaMD
  • Filorga
  • Ajax
  • Axion
  • Fabuloso
  • Murphy
  • Suavitel
  • Soupline
  • Cuddly

The Pet Nutrition segment offers pet nutrition products for everyday nutritional needs under Hill’s Science Diet brand and a range of therapeutic products to manage disease conditions in dogs and cats under Hill’s Prescription Diet brand.

Emerson Electric

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This stock has rallied nicely off the lows posted in the spring and looks ready to breakout to new highs and pays a 2.18% dividend. Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets.

The company’s Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production and protect personnel and the environment while optimizing energy and operating costs.

The Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create a sustainable infrastructure.

JPMorgan Chase

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This stock trades at a reasonable ten times estimated 2023 earnings and offers shareholders a 2.51% dividend. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is one of the leading global financial services firms and one of the largest banking institutions in the US, with about $2.6 trillion in assets.

Today’s company was formed by merging retail bank Chase Manhattan and investment bank JP Morgan.

The firm has many operating divisions, including

  • Investment and corporate banking
  • Asset management
  • Retail financial services
  • Commercial banking
  • Credit cards
  • Financial transaction services

Top analysts across Wall Street are optimistic about the money center and investment giant, which are some of the many reasons they point to. Number one is that the industry titan faces a continued broad recovery in nearly every aspect of their business.

1) Leading M&A advisory and capital markets product set and market share

2) Massive footprint of corporate and commercial banking customers

3) Sizable wholesale payments businesses

The company has proven to have the money to continually invest in people, products, and platforms to further its market share base, extending its competitive advantage.


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This consumer staples leader is a safe bet for nervous investors, paying a dependable 3.93% dividend. Kimberly Clark Corp. (NYSE: KMB) and its subsidiaries manufacture and market personal care and consumer tissue products worldwide.

It operates through three segments:

  • Personal Care
  • Consumer Tissue
  • K-C Professional

The Personal Care segment offers

  • Disposable diapers
  • Swim pants
  • Training and youth pants
  • Baby wipes
  • Feminine and incontinence care products

Additional related products under the:

  • Huggies
  • Pull-Ups
  • Little Swimmers
  • GoodNites
  • DryNites
  • Sweety
  • Kotex
  • U by Kotex
  • Intimus
  • Depend
  • Plenitud
  • Softex
  • Poise

The Consumer Tissue segment provides facial and bathroom tissues, paper towels, napkins, and related products under:

  • Kleenex,
  • Scott,
  • Cottonelle,
  • Viva,
  • Andrex,
  • Scottex,
  • Neve

The K-C Professional segment offers wipers, tissues, towels, apparel, soaps, and sanitizers under the Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and KleenGuard brands.


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The giant retailer is a top idea for investors and pays a 1.46% dividend. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is the world’s largest retailer, operating retail stores under the formats of:

  • Walmart Stores
  • Supercenters
  • Neighborhood Markets
  • Sam’s Club has locations in the United States
  • Growing e-commerce business (including

Internationally, Walmart also operates locations in several countries, including:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom.

Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit the company’s 10,623 stores under 72 banners and e-commerce websites in 19 countries. Walmart employs a stunning 2.1 million associates worldwide, with 1.6 million in the United States.

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