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Time to Dive into Dividends?

The recent slide in technology stocks has many investors taking a fresh look at their more staid dividend-paying cousins. These shares largely lagged the lofty gains of tech and social media shares during this bull market, but the tables have turned during the past month's decline.The tech slide began in the same month as the dot-com bubble began bursting 14 years ago.  It has allowed slower-growth, dividend paying stocks to close the performance gap slightly, as they haven't fallen as much as their growth stock brethren.  "We see this as an opportunity…For those that still want to be in equities, (dividend stocks) are a great hedge against volatility," asserts Adam Nugent, President of Foresight Wealth Management in Sandy, Utah.  The chart below shows the group's relative lack of volatility during the recent selloff.Click here to enlarge.This chart is in stark contrast to the larger trend—growth has outperformed the benchmark S&P 500 relative to dividend-payers by one of the biggest r...

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