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Subject:  Re: Life Expectancy Date:  8/8/2003  9:25 AM
Author:  brewer12345 Number:  191 of 5069

I'd be fairly concerned about doing such a thing. Dividends are somewhat trendy and you can't really guarantee them as much as someone on a limited budget might need them to be.

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For many companies, this is clearly the case. However, it isn't hard to find companies that have long histories of maintaining and raising dividends, and kept doing so even through bull market BS. For example, PSC, a water company, has been duming out and raising dividends like clockwork. AF, a thrift, has raised its dividends more than 200% since 1996. All you would have to do is structure your portfolio accordingly.
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