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Generating safe, regular income and preserving capital are two primary objectives in retirement. The best retirement stocks to buy, then - whether you're buying in 2019 or any other year - must be quality dividend payers that can help meet both of those goals in the long-term.

Unlike many fixed-income investments, numerous dividend stocks offer relatively high yields, grow their payouts each year and appreciate in price over time as their businesses generate more profits and become more valuable.

Not all dividends are safe, however. From General Electric (GE) and Owens & Minor (OMI) to L Brands (LB) and Buckeye Partners LP (BPL), several high-profile dividend-payers slashed their payouts in 2018, sending their stock prices tumbling. So the dividend stocks you depend on must be chosen with care.

These are the 19 best retirement stocks to buy for 2019. Research firm Simply Safe Dividends developed a Dividend Safety Score system that has helped investors avoid more than 98% of dividend cuts, including each of those companies listed above. The 19 stocks on this list have solid Dividend Safety Scores and generous yields near 4% or higher, making them appealing retirement stocks for income. Importantly, they also have strong potential to maintain and grow their dividends in all manner of economic and market environments.

SEE ALSO: 101 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond
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Even if Aldi isn't your supermarket of choice for weekly shopping, you may want to put it on your "nice list" when seeking holiday bargains. At this time of year, the German discount grocer stocks an assortment of rotating seasonal items, including imports from Europe, that are ideal for entertaining and gift giving.

We took a spin through an Aldi in Northern Virginia to get a sense of the offerings available to holiday shoppers. We weren't disappointed with Aldi's prices on everything from sweets and snacks to toys and stocking stuffers. When feasible, we compared prices with similar items at a nearby Wegmans. Selection is more limited than at a traditional supermarket - Aldi carries a few name brands and a whole bunch of store brands - so if you see a seasonal item you like, grab it. It might not be around for long.

Take a look at some of the best things we found at Aldi to buy for the holidays.

SEE ALSO: 14 Best Costco Kirkland Products for the Holidays
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When you combine longevity with inflation, it adds up to a perfect storm for baby boomers, who must make their savings stretch for decades. Here's how to help safely steer around the danger.
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Congratulations, you managed to put together a brag-worthy investment portfolio, but making the adjustments necessary to keep it there takes a lot of work. Over the years, it's not uncommon for even the best investors to lose touch, and by the time they ask for help, it can almost be too late.
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Many companies offer more flexibility on what was once a use-it-or-lose-it December 31 deadline for using FSA money. (Plus, higher contribution limits.)
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Market sentiment looks like it will ring in the new year with a grouchy disposition. For 2019, portfolio-building strategies are increasingly focusing on defensive stocks.

And why not? There are a host of headwinds facing stocks as we head into the new year, be it high share prices, interest rates, slowing economic growth across the world or trade uncertainty, among other negative factors.

"For equity investors, risk is high and the margin of safety is low because stock valuations are elevated compared with history," Goldman Sachs Chief Equity Strategist David Kostin recently told investors.

No wonder defense is in. Companies from sectors such as health care and consumer staples offer goods and services that people need no matter what the economy is doing, which leads to more reliable revenues and profits. Still, even outside those sectors, there are a few resilient blue chips that either dominate their market so completely or offer such diversified product lines that they can hang in most market environments. These are the kinds of stocks investors want to pile into.

Here are seven "Strong Buy" defensive stocks to buy as we head into 2019. We used TipRanks' Stock Screener to pinpoint "safer" stocks that Wall Street's analyst community is overwhelmingly bullish on at the moment. Just remember: No stock is completely insulated from broad-market downdrafts, including these. But all seven should broadly stand up well during a longer-term period of instability.

SEE ALSO: 101 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond
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The 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest is attracting unprecedented interest, as it's the first in decades to be truly wide open. Although there are more than 40 politicians, businessmen and celebrities weighing a bid, former Vice President Joe Biden is the only one for whom virtually all other candidates would step aside. And this far out, it's impossible to know whether there's another Barack Obama hiding in the mix, ready to catch fire and snatch the nomination from the heir apparent.

We'll rank the top contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, updating our list as hopefuls drop out and primary season lifts and crushes others. But for now, only 13 stand out enough to rank, which is why the remaining names are listed alphabetically as the countdown to Iowa's Feb. 3, 2020 caucuses commences. For our ranked contenders, we note where we placed them in August.

SEE ALSO: The Best and Worst Presidents (According to the Stock Market)
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Business owners who really want to save on their taxes need to think beyond year-end tips and how to capitalize on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Go bigger and dig deeper to save more.
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If your 401(k) has been on autopilot for months, take time now to give your retirement account its annual checkup--while you still have time before the end of the year to make some strategic moves.

The following steps can help you make the most of your opportunities to save, review investments and assess whether you're on track to reach your retirement goals.

SEE ALSO: Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans

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The key to picking actively managed funds for the year ahead: Think defense
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