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Dividend Investing Primer

Dividends, the portion of profits that corporations opt to pay directly to shareholders on a regular basis rather than reinvest back into the company--are the icing on an equity investment. Individuals, whether still working or already retired, who are looking for a steady, reliable way to add to existing income should pay special attention to dividend paying stocks or exchange traded funds (ETFs).

To help readers better navigate the dividend universe, we’ve compiled a
Dividend Investing Primer, a comprehensive series of articles written by some of our savviest contributors on the subject. The articles, arranged by topic, offer information suitable for everyone from the novice to seasoned investors interested in maximizing their holdings.

What Are Dividend Stocks?

What Should I Look for in a Dividend Stock?

How Can I Maximize My Dividend Investment?

I've Heard Negative Things About Dividend Paying Stocks. Are They True?

Is There A Downside to Dividend Investing?
 Are There Other Dividend Paying Vehicles I Should Be Considering?

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)

Are Dividend Stocks Appropriate for Retirement Portfolios?