Top 5 Dividend Paying Stocks for 2016

Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2015To find the best dividend-paying stocks in 2016, it might be a good idea to see what the 20th century’s greatest investor is holding…

Warren Buffett: World’s Wealthiest Investor

Forbes has released its 2015 ranking of the world’s wealthiest 500 people. For Wall Street, the most interesting ones are those investors who have figured out the Street. At #85 is Abigail Johnson ($13.4 billion); #31 is Carl Icahn ($23.5 billion); and #29 is George Soros($24.2 billion). (Source: Forbes.com, March 2, 2015.)

Regaining the third top spot on the list with a net worth of $72.7 billion is everyone’s favorite oracle, Warren Buffett. The ranking comes just days after Buffett’s investment management company, Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (NYSE/BRK-A), released its annual letter to shareholders, in which the company said 2014 was “a good year on all major fronts except one.” (Source: Berkshire Hathaway, February 28, 2015.)

For a company that has a 50-year compound annual growth rate of 19.4%, that’s saying something. In 2014, Berkshire’s gain in net worth was $18.3 billion; this increased the per-share book value of both its class A and class B stock by 8.3%.

The ultimate buy-and-hold investor, Berkshire Hathaway is also the ultimate buy-and-hold company. At last year’s annual meeting, 98% of the voting shares said they didn’t want Berkshire Hathaway to send them a dividend, but rather, to reinvest its earnings.

Admittedly, at $191,300 for a class A share, Berkshire Hathaway is out of reach for most of us. But those who want a chance to invest like Buffett and trust him with their dividends can always look at the best dividend-paying stocks (based on their dividend yields) that made up a significant portion of Berkshire Hathaway’s investing portfolio by the end of the third quarter of 2015.

Berkshire Hathaway’s 5 Best Dividend Stocks in 2016

5. Deere & Company (NYSE/DE)

Coming in fifth among Berkshire Hathaway’s top dividend-paying stocks in 2016 is Deere & Company, Buffett’s 16th-largest holding overall. At just below one percent of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio, Buffett is Deere & Company’s seventh-largest institutional holder , with 17.1 million shares (5.04% outstanding shares) valued at $1.3 billion. Deere pays an annual dividend of 3.05%, or $2.40 per share, and has increased its annual dividend for 11 consecutive years.

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