Does the endless string of Wall Street investment fads ever make you feel like you're missing something?
Well, please take a deep breath and relax. It's time to forget about the rocket scientists with their black boxes... the PhDs with their Greek formulas... and the high priests of Efficient Market Theory.
The most important investment decision you'll ever make pivots on something far more basic: how you treat the overlooked stepchild of Wall Street, the lowly dividend.
Although little respected and often ignored, more than 100 years of data point to the inescapable conclusion that owning hum-drum dividend-paying stocks... and then reinvesting those dividends... beats all other investment approaches hands down.
Since 1926, dividends have contributed 42% of the total return delivered by the S&P 500. This makes a massive difference over the long haul.
A $1,000 investment in the S&P 500 in 1926 would be worth $3,313,712 today with dividends reinvested, but a mere $116,454* without the dividends. Underestimating the awesome edge income-paying securities gives you is the biggest mistake you can make in your investing life.
A key reason that dividend-paying investments have clobbered the competition is because they fare so much better during bear markets. Over the vicious three years of 2000, 2001 and 2002, the stocks in the S&P 500 that paid dividends actually rose +10.4%, while the non-payers sank -33.19%.
There have been plenty of 10-year periods where dividends provided the only return for the S&P 500. Even in the roaring bull market of the 1990s, the lowly dividend provided 10-20% of total returns.
Conventional wisdom says that if you take on more risk you're repaid with more reward. Yet that's not always true. The Nasdaq, known for its aggressive dividend-less technology stocks, actually underperformed dividend-heavy utility stocks over the 30-year run from 1971 to 2001. Even with the Nasdaq's spectacular run in the 1990s, utilities still came out on top -- while incurring about half the volatility along the way.
I'd never claim that every stock in your portfolio has to be a high-yielder -- but dividend-paying investments offer the most compelling risk-reward trade-off you can find. They also give you a smooth path to wealth instead of heart-stopping peaks and plunges.
Dividend-paying stocks are much less jumpy than their stingier brethren. In fact, they have been only 10% as volatile as the market while producing their market-beating returns. It's one of the few free lunches in investing: You can get better returns and lower risk just by purchasing dividend-paying stocks.
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