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3 Dividend Stocks That Should Pay You the Rest of Your Life

DATE POSTED:January 6, 2019

Some dividend stocks entice with their high yields, but few offer the stability and security that investors can bank on for decades, even a lifetime. Established companies that have sustainable economic moats and are led by management committed to shareholders can typically afford to pay regular and often generous dividends year after year, giving investors a bankable, long-lasting source of extra income.

We asked our Motley Fool contributors to identify three such dividend stocks that they believe should be able to pay you for the rest of your life. Here's why Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL), 3M (NYSE: MMM), and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) make the cut.

Maxx Chatsko (Xcel Energy): Electric utilities get a bad rap when it comes to climate change discussions, but the reality is that a steady stream of investments in renewable energy by power generators has put the United States well on track to hit its long-term climate goals. In fact, no other country in the world has slashed more carbon emissions this century than the United States (looking at you, China and India). American emissions could continue to plunge in the next decade, as most utilities have ambitious plans for retiring their coal-fired power plant fleets.

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