Safer, hmm... well, take a look at REITs(Which are forced to pay out most of their income in the form of dividends), most of the Dow stocks(Apparently that dividend isn't saving MO) and compare these to Berkshire Hathaway, and QQQ and see if over the past few years which has been more useful? The issue with dividends is that that in a taxable account you HAVE to pay taxes on those dividends and so if a company pays a 10% dividend and you are in the 30% bracket you are really getting only 7% while if the company takes that 10% and does something else with it like buy back shares it could have an equal effect potentially.Just an idea,JB
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