Why dividend stocks are still your best friend

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Lucas Jackson | Reuters

Stop if you've heard this one already: Rising interest rates and a confluence of other factors are going to conspire to kill dividend-paying stocks.

The refrain is a familiar one on Wall Street, with each year seemingly bringing new warnings against the perils of dividend payers.

Yet with each passing year the trade continues to go strong, and 2015 is shaping up as no exception.