The Pros and Cons of Dividend Stocks.

When a corporation earns a profit, that money can either be re-invested in the business or paid to shareholders as a dividend. Many corporations keep a portion of their earnings and pay the rest as a dividend.

Since dividend stocks offer regular dividends as well as long-term equity growth, are they a better investment?

Like so many questions related to investing, the answer is "yes" and "no". Here are some factors to consider:

* Every dividend you receive reduces the risk of the investment and contributes to long-term return.

* Some companies raise their dividend to distract investors from the fact that their shares are underperforming.

* Dividends contribute to shareholder loyalty, which can make companies less susceptible to market volatility, so the share value may be more stable.

* Some studies indicate that companies that pay high dividends also have high earnings growth over the long term.

* When a company reduces or suspends dividends - even if it's a constructive move to help build value - negative media reports can impact share prices.

* Some companies pay dividends because they lack the ingenuity to invest their money in ways that could help the company grow more strongly.

If you're considering investing in dividend stocks, I can suggest a trusted local financial planner who can help you make an informed decision based on your specific goals and needs. Call me today for more info.

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