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The Highest Yielding S&P 500 And The Dogs of the S&P 500

While you wait—and wait—for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, you can collect generous checks by investing in dividend stocks. And you don’t have to wander far to find attractive payers. Just look at Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. 

Of its 500 member companies, 84% pay dividends, up from 75% a decade ago. On top of that, many of the index’s constituents are rewarding shareholders by boosting their payouts; so far this year, 169 S&P companies have done so.

There are stocks on the S&P 500 that pay nearly 10%, but that doesn't make them great investments.

The average stock on the S&P 500 index pays a dividend yield of 2.41%, but some are paying much more. Here's a chart of the 10 highest-paying dividend stocks on the S&P 500, and which ones might be the best choices to buy and hold for the long term.

Here are the highest yielding S&P 500 and the Dogs of the S&P 500...