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Dividend stocks: Eleven winners and losers from 2012 Add to ...

Welcome to Yield Hog, the year in review.

This is our chance to gloat about stock picks that worked out, and your chance to mock us for the ones that didn’t.

Before we get into the good, bad and ugly of 2012, it’s worth remembering that dividend growth investing isn’t about trying to make a quick buck. It’s about holding great companies for years and collecting a rising income stream. What the stock price does over a few weeks or months is largely irrelevant, assuming the company remains sound and the outlook hasn’t changed materially.

In fact, if you’re looking to add to a position, it’s preferable for the stock to fall, not rise. On the other hand, a sinking share price can also indicate that a business is in trouble, as was the case with a couple of high-yielding stocks we warned you about in the past year – namely TransAlta and AGF Management.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s see how Yield Hog made out. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list; rather it’s a representative sample of the stocks we wrote about in the past year and a bit. Note: The total return is from the article publication date through Dec. 11, and assumes dividends were reinvested.

Disclosure: The writer personally owns shares of Inter Pipeline, Enbridge, Coca-Cola and Canadian Utilities.

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