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Posted by D4L | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | | 0 comments »

The power of dividend investing is pretty well known these days. Higher-yielding stocks tend to offer higher returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks do, according to research from Jeremy Siegel and others. In fact, the 20 best-performing survivor stocks from the original S&P 500 in 1957 are all dividend payers.

As the recent economic crisis illustrated all too well, however, you can't buy just any high-yielding stock. Dividends that get cut or suspended entirely can wreak havoc on a stock price -- and thus, your portfolio. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of buying one of these train wrecks. Siegel sums it up nicely in his book, The Future for Investors: "Bear markets are not only painful episodes that investors must endure, but also an integral reason why investors who reinvest dividends experience sharply higher returns."

Source: Motley Fool

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