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A number of readers have asked me to start providing updates on the current yields of the stocks in my Dividend portfolio. That’s a good idea: The big rally in dividend paying stocks in 2016 has had a serious impact on yields with many once high-yielding stocks appreciating in price until their yields are now just middle of the pack. While I try to figure out a way to post a current yield on the portfolio page, I’ll start posting monthly updates. The yields below are for the September 2 close on the 12 stocks in this portfolio.

Qualcomm (QCOM) 3.35%
VanEck Vectors Preferred ETF (PFXF) 5.51%
Kinder Morgan (KMI) 2.28%
Verizon (VZ) 4.37%
ExxonMobil (XOM) 3.43%
ConocoPhillips (COP) 3.64%
Targa Resources (TRGP) 8.26%
Intel (INTC) 2.88%
Western Gas Partners (WES) 6.5%
WestPac Banking (WBK) 6.3%
General Electric (GE) 2.94%
OneOK Partners (OKS) 8.04%

Average current yield for portfolio as of September 2: 4.79%