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This is the place to hopefully answer some of your questions about dividends.
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Here is a simple statement of market truth:
History has shown that the bulk of the stock market’s returns are delivered by dividends.
"Among S&P 500's companies, 241 have increased their dividend this year, and only three have decreased them. Overall payments to shareholders are up almost $29 billion, belying the common mantra that American companies aren't spending their money." The New York Times 9/2/2011.
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Let's get started. The logical place is WHAT ARE DIVIDENDS?
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All I hear from the analysts (see WHAT'S AN ANALYST?) is that dividends are decreasing across the board.
The POTENTIAL STOCKS sections lists over 225 stocks that consistently pay dividends of $1.60 or more per share per year. There have been some reductions, but also many increases. Let's face it - dividends rock!
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