What are the best dividend stocks

Fund manager favorites The 10 Hottest Dividend Stocks in the World

"We recommend defensively oriented investors to continue to rely on our 'dividend aristocrats'", explains Michael Bissinger. By this, he means companies that have continuously paid and raised dividends, according to the analyst at DZ Bank, which is the central institution within the cooperative financial sector and is responsible for more than 1,000 credit unions.

"For investors with a greater willingness to take risks, we recommend stocks with attractive dividend yields and additional price potential," continues Bissinger. DZ Bank has now published a corresponding collection of data for the current start of the 2017 dividend season. In addition to the expected dividend yield, it also lists further fundamental data and valuation indicators.

The top ten dividend fund managers

In addition, DZ Bank names five dividend aristocrats or favorites with price potential from three investment regions. These stock tips include Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Novartis, British American Tobacco and Cisco Systems, half of the current top ten managers of international dividend funds.

For our ranking, we examined data from the Morningstar rating agency for dividend funds in the two product categories “EAA Fund Global Equity Income” and “EAA Fund Europe Equity Income”. The 532 dividend funds were analyzed according to their respective “Top 10 Holdings”.