My Top 5 Dividend Shares for A "Crashed" Share Market

It's the ultimate goal for so many investors: to build a share portfolio that provides plenty of dividend income in retirement.

If you're anything like me, you're also concerned about preserving your capital and minimising your risks. Fortunately, if you diversify your holdings across different sectors of the economy, you can protect your portfolio from some of the market's gyrations.

Below are five ASX dividend stock ideas to get you started building your diversified income portfolio.

Platinum Asset Management Limited (ASX: PTM)

As a fund manager, Platinum's revenues and earnings are tied to equity markets and recent volatility has made investors fearful that future earnings will fall. But Platinum has an outstanding record of outperforming the markets over the long term, which should mean a steady stream of cash flowing into its funds. With the shares trading around $6.40, Platinum are currently trading on a fully franked dividend yield of 5.8%.

Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES)

Wesfarmers is the name behind popular retail brands like Coles, Bunnings Warehouse, Officeworks, Kmart and more. Trading around $42, Wesfarmers shares are forecast to pay a dividend equivalent to 4.88% fully franked in the coming year. And with its recent push into the UK, continuing outperformance of Coles and market leading positions in discretionary retailing, the dividend could grow healthily for many years.

Retail Food Group Limited (ASX: RFG)

Retail Food is a master franchisor of a dozen food brands, including Gloria Jean's, Crust Pizza and Brumby's Bakery, to name a few. While it has traditionally focused on the Australian market, Retail Food Group is now expanding offshore which should provide plenty of room to continue growing over the coming years. With the share price trading around $4.45, in addition to the strong potential for capital gains, investors can also sip from the group's tasty 5.5% fully franked dividend yield.

Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX: FLT)

Brand strength, overseas growth and dividends are on offer with shares of Flight Centre Travel Group. The company is expanding its US, European and digital footprint, but still offers a 4% fully franked dividend yield. With the shares trading around $40, Flight Centre is well-run yet trades at a discount valuation to the market.

Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS)

Telstra is arguably one of the ASX's most popular dividend stocks – for good reason. The $68 billion telecommunications heavyweight is the dominant force in mobiles, fixed internet, eHealth and other emerging technology markets. Coupled with a very promising Asian strategy and a cash windfall from the government's NBN Co on its way, with its shares trading around $5.65, Telstra's 5.45% fully franked dividend yield looks sustainable.

An even better bet than Telstra…

My family happily owns Telstra. The fully franked dividend looks rock solid, and the company has got some exciting growth opportunities ahead.

But let's face it… valued at at $68 billion, and growing slowly, Telstra shares aren't likely to set the world on fire.

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Date updated: 29 January 2016

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