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"You don't know that at all. Dividend stocks are among the most stable, even in times of recession or outright collapse. Most of the dividend stocks continued paying their full dividend right through the near collapse of the world economic system in 2008. They may have lost some temporary equity value, but that was irrelevant to the dividend stream. And they have all come back and are at new highs now."

Tell me again about WCOM, and GE....and BP......

All paid dividends....all were 'stars'

GE chopped it's dividend by 2/3rds. Stock price dropped by 70% and still is only 40 % of the peak.

BP STOPPED paying dividends for a while. Then started with dividends 70% less. Stock prices is 1/10th of what it was after reverse splits.

If you owned individual stocks, you could have been creamed.

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