The Dividend Investor

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Image Courtesy of WaxyPoetic @ Flickr

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “cash is king.” To be sure cash is important, not only to companies but also to individuals. Without it we’re bankrupt and in a world of hurt.

The dividend investor takes the phrase “cash is king” very literally. They invest a good majority of their portfolio in anything that pays them dividends, or cold hard cash. This could be a stable stock with a good dividend yield, a mutual fund such as the T. Rowe Price Dividend Growth fund or even, gasp, bonds.

In difficult times such as these it can be comforting to know that even if your investment loses value, you’re still earning a dividend just for owning it. Stocks such as GE, JNJ, MSFT and even T are good examples of stocks that have a good dividend yield and (as far as I know) good long-term stability.

Are you a dividend investor? Do you choose investments based on if they offer a dividend payout or a similar cash payment? I personally don’t have much invested in divided stocks, but I’m always looking to expand my portfolio. I’d love to hear your thoughts on dividend investing!

2 responses to “The Dividend Investor”

  1. Personally, my portfolio is set to an aggressive return. I’m 27 and have lots of time before retirement, so I want to have every opportunity to earn as much as possible. Historically speaking, because the market has ups and downs, keeping my strategy as is during the hard times should still allow me to earn more over the life of the fund than a 3% CD would pay. I don’t look for tools like dividend investing to make my decisions. But that’s just me.

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