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Subject: Re: Stocks with dividends Date: 10/12/2000 4:14 PM
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Wouldn't it be more of a safer investment strategy to purchase stock with a paid dividend, rather than buying a stock without? That way you have a guranteed return on an investment that can be reinvested over a long period of time.

You have gotten a number of good answers. The only reason I can think of to focus on dividends is if you need a stream of income for living expenses or the like. If you are years away from retirement, I think most experts would agree that you should be investing in growth stocks, some of which might happen to have small dividends. I don't think there is any rule of thumb that says that stocks with high dividends are safer or more stable than growth stocks. If you are invested in strong companies, the relative risk should be about the same. Just some thoughts from a buy and hold investor.
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