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Subject:  Why this board? Date:  4/14/2004  12:05 PM
Author:  babyfrog Number:  2 of 9560

Note: much of this post is adapted (or taken directly) from http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18003620 . As the author of that post, I am giving myself permission to quote myself liberally.

I believe that dividends are the most important part of investing. The cash flow from dividends is a tangible reward and an often overlooked part of the "risk/reward" trade off. In addition, a dividend is about far more than the cash flow, itself. A share of stock represents a fractional ownership stake in a company. As owners, those "earnings" really belong to the shareholders. If management doesn't l