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My case for dividend and emerging market stocks

Last month, I laid out my basic investment strategy for 2014 : I am overweight Europe and emerging markets as well as dividend-paying U.S. equities. On the flip side, I am underweight non-dividend-paying U.S. equities.With one month down, dividend-paying stocks are performing well relative to the broader market. My Dividend Growth model is essentially flat year-to-date through February 5 (down 0.2%) vs. a 5.1% loss on the S&P 500. In a down market, you win by not losing.Bond yields continue to moderate—at time of writing the 10-year Treasury yields 2.7% after falling below 2.6% in early February—which, in my opinion, makes "bond substitutes" like mortgage REITs and conservative triple-net equity REITs look attractive.Triple-net equity REITs are a major component of my Dividend Growth portfolio, and my Dividend Growth, Global Macro and Tactical ETF models all currently have exposure to mortgage REITs.Will dividend-focused investment continue to outperform throughout 2014?  Only time wil...

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