There is a lot of focus these days on stocks with high dividends, and rightly so considering the alternatives. Many investors seeking high-yielding stocks limit themselves to larger, well-known companies in the belief that they are somehow "safer" than smaller companies. It would seem that the experiences of 2008 and 2009 would negate that preference - anyone remember the high yields of the banks and companies like GE? There are many metrics we can use to minimize the risk of getting our dividends slashed, including strong balance sheets and low payout ratios. Another one that I like to see is high inside ownership, as "principals" are less likely to cut the dividend (and to pull cash out of their own wallets) than "agents". With that in mind, I ran a screen of smaller companies with positive attributes.