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Dividends are an investor’s best friend. According to Standard & Poor’s, over the past several decades, about 40 per cent of the total return of the S&P 500 can be attributed to the reinvestment of dividends.
Dividends are an investor’s best friend. According to Standard & Poor’s, over the past several decades, about 40 per cent of the total return of the S&P 500 can be attributed to the reinvestment of dividends.
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Why it may be time to move away from dividend stocks

King Dividend’s benevolent rule over the stock markets is being challenged.

Investors are in a more speculative mood so far in 2014, and that means dividend-paying stocks have slipped down the performance charts. The top three sectors in the first quarter of the year were materials, energy and gold. Even the benighted S&P/TSX Venture index has come to life. We may well be at an inflection point where the dividend stars of the past five years give way to companies that offer more growth potential. But there’s still enough uncertainty out there to maintain a dividend core in a portfolio.