3 big dividend stocks you can stuff your retirement portfolio with

When the market cools off and share prices take a breather, I always break out the shopping list, looking for strong dividend stocks. The S&P ASX All Ordinaries Index (ASX: ^AORD) has essentially been flat over the past three months, so now’s a perfect opportunity.

Lower share prices make dividend yields more attractive, even more so for quality stocks. They are the kind you want in your portfolio for many years of future returns. The income they pay yearly can be part of a firm foundation for your retirement 20 or even 30 years from now.

Here are three stocks offering very attractive yields for future-minded investors wanting to secure their financial freedom.

1) Macquarie Group Ltd (ASX: MQG)

The investment bank is paying a 4.6% yield, which is probably more than the term deposit interest it pays its own depositors. The kicker here is the potential of a growing dividend on the back of higher earnings expected in the near-term.

Rising stock markets and a growing housing market are driving its revenues and its strong 2014 full year results are a good indicator of future movement.

2) Leighton Holdings Limited (ASX: LEI)

The mining pullback has affected the engineering and construction company and the share price has been range-bound since early 2012. It is starting a business restructuring, but before any results are known, the market doesn’t have much to go on. This subdued stock is offering a 5.5% yield.

A new CEO and reformed board want to turn this company around and it is even planning to sell off its John Holland subsidiary to streamline the company for earnings growth.

3) Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd (ASX: CCL)

The Australian bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola soft drinks and other beverages has slumped in share price due to an expected earnings drop. It’s planning a business restructure as well, but you can buy the stock with a 5.6% yield while you wait for earnings to turn around. Long-term investors love buying companies connected with world-famous brands that have the staying power for many years to come.

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Motley Fool contributor Darryl Daté-Shappard does not own shares in any company mentioned. 

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