"Investors are looking for safety," Cuniff said. "They're looking for safety, and they're looking for yield."
Cuniff offered three picks for stocks that post attractive dividends:
With a 10 percent, five-year dividend growth rate, and a 3.8 percent dividend yield, Abbott Labs has a "great management team" and is "very solid," Cuniff said.
She added that although many investors previously ran from pharmaceutical stocks amid concerns about drug pipelines, she believes that was a good time to get into pharma stocks.
Although the technology sector has experienced a lot of volatility in the past month, Cuniff likes Intel, which has had a 14 percent, five-year dividend growth rate, and offers a 4.2 percent dividend yield.
"Tech hasn’t normally been a sector that’s really been big on paying dividends, but there’s so much cash on corporate balance sheets now that we believe it’s going to come back to investors and shareholders through dividends," she said.
Digital Realty Trust
Cuniff's last selection is Digital Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust that focuses on data centers that do cloud computing and has "offered great long-term value to investors."
The trust has shown a 18.4 percent, five-year growth rate and a 4.6 percent dividend yield.
Cuniff added that she recommends investors diversify using a fund approach rather than focus on picking individual stocks.
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