While a volatile market continues to keep some investors on the sidelines, if you're putting your money into wonderful businesses in both good times and bad, you can prime your portfolio for more consistent returns over the long term. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) has a lengthy history of delivering returns to shareholders over a wide range of markets and economic environments through its faithful dividend payments. The last five years alone have seen J&J's dividend jump by more than 25%.
You may have heard words like "safe" or "reliable" used to describe low-growth, stodgy dividend stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is chock-full of industry-leading companies that provide a pulse on the overall economy. All but three of the 30 components pay a dividend, making the Dow a good place to look for prospective investments.