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Top High Dividend Yield Stocks 2014-2019

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
— Warren Buffett

"I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years."
— Warren Buffett
In the context of high dividend yield stocks, these famous quotes above from Warren Buffett got us to thinking: what if, back in 2014, you had "planted an investment seed" by buying shares of a top high dividend yield stock, tended to the tree by reinvesting dividends received, and held on to your investment through good market times and bad, for a total long-term holding period of 5 years?

In order to sniff out companies that would be considered "top" high dividend yield stocks, we combed through components of the famous "S&P 500" index, because any member of this index would certainly be widely considered to be among the "top" businesses traded on the stock market. We next screened for high dividend yield by screening for a minimum 4% current dividend yield requirement.

In the final step, we figured out the total returns for each of the high dividend yield stocks, with dividends reinvested, from 2014 to 2019, resulting in a list of the 10 top high dividend stocks of the past five years from within the S&P 500. Continue below to see the top-high-dividend-yield-stock results:

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