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The amount the S&P 500 is paying out in dividends is just a fraction of what those firms can afford to pay out, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt.
The amount the S&P 500 is paying out in dividends is just a fraction of what those firms can afford to pay out, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt.
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The dividend benefit you may not have heard of

Even if you’re sick of hearing about the wonders of dividend stocks, pay attention.

Blue chip dividend stocks have powered the Canadian market for years now, producing both steady capital gains and ever-increasing flows of dividend income that in many cases have kept well ahead of inflation. Now for a dividend benefit you may not have heard of yet: When you combine share price gains with dividends into a total return, the Canadian stock market has performed far better than has been widely reported.