I believe the consensus of academic research is that "dividends don't matter". Still, as part of the stock element of a retirement portfolio, you could utilize stocks that pay dividends to generate an income stream along with bonds and realized capital gains. Watch out for companies with very high yields, if that has resulted from recent share depreciation they may be poised to cut the dividend (Xerox!!). Also, growth stocks pay little or no dividend....you don't want to be out of this sector, although more than rocky lately.
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