A few decades ago only “mature” stocks paid dividends and only retirees bought bonds. Today, despite a near-zero interest rate environment, there are a slew of 5-plus percent income options, from junk bonds to energy partnerships. As for stocks, studies show that long term, dividend-payers outperform non-dividend-payers and are less volatile. Corporate cash coffers are flush. Companies are jumping on the dividend bandwagon. Intel offers a three and a half percent yield. Apple could be next. Embrace it.
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