By Hugo of http://www.vforvalue.blogspot.com/
Many investors are still very scared of stocks, particularly in Europe. The financial crisis, the stock market crash, the bankruptcy of some banks, the bad results obtained on some investment vehicles, caused many investors to stay out not just of stocks but of any investment with the little equity risk.
So they search for interest in deposits or bonds.
But right now you can found some great companies, with stable businesses, low debt levels and paying good dividends, in many circumstances far greater than the level of interest currently offered on bonds.
Do not forget the in the long term dividends make a good portion of the total return. In the last 100 years the American stock market made a total return of 9.6% a year. About 47% of that was due to distributed dividends.
I leave you a stock screener of European stocks that pay high dividends, are profitable, trade for a low PE multiple and have large market caps.
This comment is merely an opinion of the author and not a recommendation to buy or sell. Purchases and sales are the responsibility of the investor as well as profits or losses arising therefrom. The author may have, and probably have positions in securities mentioned. If in doubt, investors should seek to contact a financial intermediary, the correspondent stock exchange or regulatory entity.