A Great Dividend Is Not Enough

Over the past weekend, I saw and read more articles about dividend stocks than I can recall. The cover of Barron's last week promoted the "Best 25 Dividend Funds." The Wall Street Journal wanted to know if dividend stocks were a bubble. And every publication in between is now touting the value of dividend-paying stocks. Google "dividend stocks," and one is immediately bombarded with a litany of bullish takes on the value of dividends.

To be sure, history has confirmed that dividends deliver enormous value over the long run. Companies that have a long history of dividend payments often increase the dividend on a regular basis, and that creates exponential returns for long-term investors....425 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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