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Dividend Stocks

The stock market has been a very bumpy ride for most investors, so much so that many of them are sitting on the sidelines. it’s a shame that they are doing it since there are other ways to making money than buying low and selling high. Dividend stocks are just another way to make money even when the stock market isn’t doing anything.

There are hundreds of companies that are traded on Wall Street that offer high dividend paying stocks for investors to take advantage of. What are dividends? Dividends are a way for a company to share the profit of the company with it’s shareholders. Many times a company has grown so much that they don’t need to put so much into research and development, so they will pass a portion of it to it’s shareholders on a quarterly basis (four times a year).

in doing so, an investor can make money even if the company’s stock price doesn’t change. Let’s say you buy shares in company XYZ for $100 per share and the company offers a 10% dividend. Which means that the company will give it shareholders $10 a year for each share you own. So four times a year you will receive $2.50 every three months for each share. After one year of owning the shares, your actual price per share is $90. If the price hasn’t moved over the same period, you are still up 10% on your investment. How could you go wrong with that? So where can you find stocks that pay dividends? When you do your research on a particular company, you will find the information in their chart overview.

There are also many different ETF’s that are built around this concept, but why pay a fee for something you can do yourself. Typically you can also do better than the ETF’s since you are able to get in and out easier than the big boys.

Be aware though that Washington and the present Administration is looking to raise capitol gains taxes which will include dividend payouts. Of course if it’s your IRA retirement account, it won’t affect you. Look into it for yourself to see if dividend stocks are right for you. it’s just another way to increase your profits. Espaecially when the stability of the markets are highly in question.

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Dividend Re-Investment Program

A DRIP, or Dividend ReInvestment Program, is a method of investing that makes it easy to build an investment in a single companies stock, over a period of time. These programs work by allowing investors to buy a set price worth of shares on a recurring basis. Entry costs are generally low, and additional benefits come from the fact that investors buy from the company directly and so avoid brokers fees. The key feature of a DRIP is that dividends paid are reinvested in the company, with additional shares being automatically bought on the investors behalf.

Drip investment programs at their heart seem relatively simple, and are often offered to employees of the company in question. Outside of the company, DRIPs are popular among beginning investors who see the low entry cost and the ability to get more shares over time without having to decide when to buy. Despite the fact that DRIPs are attractive to these investors, they should not be overlooked as a strong part of a diverse portfolio for a more experienced investor.

One often overlooked fact is that you can participate in a DRIP with as little as one share, in some cases. This, coupled with the lack of brokers fees, means that it is possible to snap up low numbers of speculative shares in a range of companies that a seasoned investor feels might have potential to undergo rapid growth. In fact, shares can be bought in any company in which an investor wishes to take a long term position using that companies DRIP rather than going through a broker – although every DRIP has varying conditions and not all are fee-free. The best place to find this information is on the web site of the company you are considering.

Another point worth remembering is that dividends paid on shares held as a DRIP do not have to be reinvested! Subject to the company, investors can choose to reinvest part or none of a dividend, and have the rest paid out as usual, making the DRIP perform exactly like a conventional investment (and possibly minimizing tax complications). So regardless of your level of investment experience – DRIPs can be a valuable (yet cheap) way to build your portfolio!

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