Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: 5 more fat dividends that could be chopped like GE’s and A-B InBev’s

In a period of market stress, many investors find themselves looking for low-risk stocks. These include big-name companies offering decent dividend, on the theory that powerful brands with the cash for sharing profits should be able to weather any storm.

Lately, that theory has gone out the window. General Electric GE, -0.79% once referred to as a stock for “widows and orphans” because of its surefire stability, just announced its third divided cut in roughly a decade. And after seeing pressures of its own, megabrewer Anheuser-Busch InBev SA BUD, -0.48%ABI, +2.44%cut its dividend last week.

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