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You've given some interesting information here. Thanks for that.

However, I am interested in your statement, I finally figured out that I needed stocks that pay dividends, preferably rising dividends, in order for me to hang in there on the dips

It seems to me what is important is earnings, not dividends. Even if you are withdrawing funds, you need not depend on dividends. If the earnings and thus the stock price grows, then you should develop enough capital gains to use when the dips occur. More importantly, IMHO, you need earnings to keep ahead of inflation such as we had during the late 60's and in the 70's. Loss of purchasing power is far more likely than market dips.

So I'm interested in your thought process regarding dividends.

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