By now, you know real estate investment trusts (REITs) are one source of robust dividends in 2014. But you may not be as familiar with the investment running a close second. I’m talking about business development companies (BDCs). BDCs invest in other companies by providing financing as an alternative to elusive traditional loans. PennantPark Investment (PNNT) is one such BDC that’s proving successful for the businesses it funds — middle-market U.S. companies — and investors alike, paying a 10.30 percent dividend yield. Even though shares are down year-to-date, the company’s strength in revenue and net-income growth, as well as return on equity, should power it for the next couple of years. In 2014, the other way to spell high dividends is “BDC.”
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