For a Steady Stream of Cash

Over the last several months there has been a great deal of attention paid to dividends, from Apple's (AAPL) long-awaited announcement of a payout to the various ETFs that target dividend-paying stocks from the U.S. and elsewhere. Dividend-focused strategies have, of course, been around for decades. But the attention they've been getting this year and last is truly remarkable.

I understand the interest in payouts in the current environment. After all, cash flow is ultimately the driver of value for all investments, and dividends represent a way for investors to recoup their initial investment and earn a positive return on their capital. But I don't quite understand all the fuss over stocks that have dividend yields in the neighborhood of 2% to 3% when there are much, much better options out there....469 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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