It is very common today to get a client or prospect asking about high dividend paying stocks. It is perhaps even more common for many advisors today to include dividend stocks as a part of their lead pitch. “We focus on high quality dividend paying stocks,” they might say. This will undoubtedly lead to affirming head nods from the prospective clients. And therein lies the problem. This idea that high quality dividend paying stocks are a guaranteed smart investment with great upside and limited downside potential has become an axiom of sorts in the eyes of the general public. No further data is needed; the safety of dividend stocks is self-evident.