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To reduce the risk of the negative effects of unexpected dividend cuts you could invest in ETFs that invest in an index of these reliable dividend stocks. Examples might include the XLU utility index, the SPY index of Dividend Achievers in the S&P 500. Index or the Vanguard REIT Index.


I would argue for VDC Consumer Staples ETF. 2008 return VDC -16.5% 3 yr return 4.3% versus -37% 2008 return -1.2% 3yr return for S&P 500.
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