It’s Auguston the downside, that means it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement outside my house (and humid enough to sweat while doing so) here in South Florida, states Mike Larson, editor of Safe Money Report.

On the upside, that means the start of football season is fast approaching! Not just “real” football, but the fantasy variety as well.

If you’ve ever played fantasy football (or any other fantasy sport), you know how much fun it can be. But you also know how much work goes into it.

This time of year, I spend free time researching players, studying stats, reading training camp reports, and basically digging into everything I can find about the upcoming season. After all, I want to figure out how I can beat my fellow players for the league championship.

As investors and traders, you want to construct the best portfolio “team” possible, too. The good news is that our Weiss Ratings website helps you do exactly that! It gives you all the knowledge and guidance you need to find winning stocks across a wide range of sectors and investing styles. 

Let’s say you’re into dividend-paying stocks, something that makes a lot of sense in this market environment. After all, research shows that stocks with “yield cushions” fare better than stocks with no payout in tougher markets like this one.

You can go to our Stock Ratings page on the website here, then click on the funnel icon, then select the “dividend yield” field. This will allow you to enter the minimum and maximum yields that you’re looking for, and see only the stocks with yields in the chosen range.

You can also go a step further and eliminate all but the highest-quality stocks. Simply click on the “Investment Rating” option.

That will pull up all the letter grades in the Weiss Ratings system. Select “A+” as the top end of your range and “B-” as the bottom end to eliminate stocks that fall outside of our “Buy” block.

Here are the top ten results I got after running the data earlier this week. I sorted the list in ascending order so that the highest-rated stocks appear at the top of the list.

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Source: Weiss Ratings. Data Date: August second, 2022

In this exercise, I selected a yield range of 1.59% to 6.36%. That’s because my work shows stocks with a yield at least equal to the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), but no more than four times that yield, are in the sweet spot. They offer the best combination of dividend attractiveness AND sustainability, as well as risk/reward balance.

Of course, you can search for much more than high-yielding stocks. If you want to round out your portfolio roster with stocks in specific sectors...or stocks with the best short-term returns...or stocks with higher market can do it all on the website. Just use different sorting fields.

Needless to say, no rating system is foolproof. NFL players can get hurt on the field, wreaking havoc on your fantasy team. And even the best stocks can get hit by unexpected bad news, fueling portfolio losses in the process.

But if you’re willing to do the work, and consistently apply the guidance and data our Weiss Ratings provide, I’m confident you’ll have a better chance of having a winning portfolio at the end of the “season”. And isn’t that why we all play this investment game?

Visit Safe Money Report here.