Dividends Aren’t Easy Money

Posted by D4L | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | | 0 comments »

Sooner or later, the markets always punish investors who do the right thing for the wrong reason. Some investors in dividend-oriented stock funds might end up learning that lesson the hard way. So far this year, $9 billion has gone into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that focus on U.S. stocks that pay stable, high or rising dividends, estimates EPFR Global, which tracks where investors are moving their money.

All other U.S. stock funds combined have had a net outflow of $7.3 billion. Many of the investors joining the dividend stampede appear to be motivated by the low interest rates mandated by the Federal Reserve, which have led to a yield famine among traditional income investments like bonds, certificates of deposit and money-market funds.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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