Stocks with safe dividends J.P. Morgan published a list of stocks that are considered to have safe dividends, called the Sustainable Dividend Basket. Also, the investment bank published a list of stocks whose dividends do not seem safe. “J.P. Morgan ranked the most sustainable S&P 500 dividend payers by looking at factors including earnings volatility, dividend track record, and interest-rate sensitivity. The 40 Stocks in the S&P 500 With the Safest Dividends — and 40 That Could Be at Risk. To screen for companies with the most and least sustainable dividends, J.P. Morgan ranked S&P 500 dividend payers with yields of at least 1% by dividend quality, credit health, and fundamental trends. Dividend Quality took into consideration earnings volatility, dividend track record, and [interest-rate] sensitivity,” Lakos-Bujas wrote. “As for Credit Health, companies were ranked based on the market’s pricing of credit risk and ratings. Lastly, Fundamental Trends included ability to pay debt, balance sheet leverage, and degree of pricing power.” Source: https://www.barrons.com/articles/these-s-p-500-companies-are-the-most-dependable-dividend-payers-in-a-recession-51587378601?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Stocks with safe dividends Some of the stocks in the sustainable dividend basket of J.P. Morgan’s list are Ecolab (ECL), Honeywell International (HON), Caterpillar (CAT) and Nike (NKE).