Diary of a Dividend Diva: LTD, FTR

It's always fun to look both backward and forward during the New Year holiday, so I'll indulge in a bit of nostalgia in this last Dividend Diva column of 2011.

A review of this year's performance shows that my dividend fund threw off almost 10% in dividend income this year. I captured 261 dividends, using roughly 30% of the fund's capital, while the other 70% was the foundation invested in a solid set of growth stocks. Our average dividend return was 1.16%, while the average total return on a trade (dividend plus capital gain/loss) was 0.5%. The total return was affected by the bear-market spells we suffered through this year (since last spring, almost every month was down for the S&P 500)....586 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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