Dividends are the sharing of profits with investors. There really isn't any other way to describe them. If the company makes money, they share their profits with their stock holders. On a certain day every quarter (90 days) the member of the board of directors meet and discus everything that's going on that they think is worthy of discussing. Profits and shareholders are on the topic of discussion every meeting. Some would say "it is the companies main purpose, to meet the needs and investment goals of the shareholders". After all, without investors... there would be no company.
As of this writing there are 7257 companies trading today... 3536 of these companies have a positive dividend yield for their investors. Of those 3536 companies, 652 offer 5% yield or better, 229 offer 10% or better.
Choosing the right company to invest your money in has never been and never will be an easy choice. Everyone has different objectives and goals wen it comes to investing their money. Ask yourself the really tough questions and find out what your realistic investment goals are. Maybe, together we can help you reach yours.
Just out of high school I decided to be self employed, after running a successful manufacturing business I had a problem of making more money than I knew what to do with. I started investing, after 23 years of investing I now want to share my strategy with a select few that want an extra edge in their own investing.