Dividend investing is an excellent strategy to receive income from your investments or to grow your wealth. Dividends are regular cash payments that a company sends to its investors. You can receive dividends as income, or you can instruct the company or your broker to reinvest your dividends in additional shares of stock.
The very best dividend-paying stocks grow your wealth in three ways. First, your portfolio will increase as the price of the stock appreciates. Secondly, you will receive an income stream of dividend payments, which you can collect in cash or reinvest to further boost your holdings. Finally, many companies increase their dividends over time, often providing an income stream that often outpaces inflation, and greatly increasing the yield the longer you hold the investment.
Dividend stocks are commonly viewed as safe investments, but you still need to choose carefully. Identifying the best dividend stocks means more than a just looking for the stocks that pay the highest dividends. Look for ‘safe’ companies that have raised their dividends every year for at least the last 25 years. These so-called “Dividend Aristocrats” provide dependable income as well as capital appreciation.
Another advantage to dividend stocks is their tax treatment, since ordinary dividends are taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income for most investors.
A dividend portfolio should contain a dozen or more dividend stocks, diversified across industries. This protects you from price volatility and spreads out your dividend checks to provide more even income.
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