It used to be that dividend-paying stocks got no respect, but after a year like 2008, they are back in their prime, BusinessWeek reports.

And right now, dividend-paying stocks are yielding an average of 3.3% of their current stock prices, double last year’s yield and the highest since 1990. It’s also the first time since 1957 that the average yield on dividend-paying stocks has surpassed Treasuries, which are currently returning 2.2%.

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