Our top 10 dividend cash cows

Investors in these blue-chip stocks would have achieved an average 9.3% annual return over the past decade, and at least the value of their initial investment in dividends.

An analysis of Australia’s biggest companies shows that, over the past 10½ years, investors would have achieved an average annual return of 9.3% – even incorporating the period of the global financial crisis – and almost doubled their initial investment on the basis of dividends alone.

Commonwealth Bank leads the way, followed by Westpac. But retailer Woolworths is close behind, as is ANZ, and in fifth spot, surprisingly, is mining giant BHP Billiton.

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