Dividends4Life: Boosting Income When The Market Goes South

It's no secret that you can get better deals on stocks when the market swoons. But did you know you can boost or maintain your dividend income as well? Stock pickers that follow a more fundamental approach don't get burned as badly, although they still must endure market risk. They are often rewarded with dividends that continue to pay out and may even grow after a correction.

During the bear markets, dividends barely budged -- down just 3 percent on average," Arnott told me. "Five years after these bear markets ended, dividends grew 35 percent -- over and above inflation from the trough of the downturn. If you have the time and patience to do the homework, you'd want to find companies that have a history of paying and raising dividends over time, have solid balance sheets and may have low price/earnings or price/book ratios relative to the broader market.

Source: The Republic

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