kind of why i emphasized 'stable' ..not knowing what OP meant.dividends CAN go down /stocks can go downCD/bond rates go up and down ..not exactly 'stable'The only way you could get "stable" would be to sit there and by 30 year bonds each year.As far as stocks, yes dividends can go down. But if you choose from Dividend Champions (Google the term), these are stocks that have a very long history of INCREASING their dividends. Still no guarantee (GM, BAC) but it cuts down the chances.Plus, I'm not worried about the stock price going down. I'm buying the stock for the dividend. I kind of think about it like a bond/CD, I buy for the yield. I'm getting $x reguardless of price. If I'm not selling the stock, I don't care the price.JLC
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