Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Dividend Yield: Is Income Investing Superior To Growth Investing?

In Brief
Dividend investing is a strategy that focuses on generating gains from dividend income, rather than capital growth. Historically, dividend payouts were a primary motivation for investors (Wharton School of Business professor Jeremy Siegel has pointed out that over 90% of the gain of the Dow since 1900 has been from reinvested dividends), but this mode of investing largely fell out of favour during the 1982-1999 bull market, as company valuations rose dramatically for such a sustained period.

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