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Dividend Stocks For Dummies


Expert advice on a mature, reliable way to invest money

Investing in dividend stocks is one of the top strategies to survive market instability. This hands-on guide gives you expert information and advice to successfully add dividend stocks to your investment portfolio, revealing how to make the most out of dividend stock investing — no matter the type of market.

  • Get the 411 — find out what dividend stocks are, how they benefit investors, and why they're a good investment choice in today's market climate

  • Make a plan — determine your goals, implement a strategy, and discover what it takes to be a successful dividend investor

  • Weigh risk and reward — learn how to minimize risk and use your level of risk tolerance to guide your choices

  • Know which industries are "in" — get the inside scoop on industries that are ripe for dividend investment

  • Divide and conquer — build and manage your portfolio, buy the stock you want, and keep up with dividend taxation

Open the book and find:

  • The advantages of utilizing a dividend strategy

  • What makes a good dividend stock and how they're calculated

  • Important dates in the life of a dividend stock

  • Popular styles of investing

  • Ways to analyze a stock's price-to-earnings ratio and yield

  • Dividend reinvestment plans and direct purchase programs

  • How to avoid dividend investment mistakes

  • Experienced investment advisors to contact for help

Learn to:

  • Successfully add dividend stocks to your investment portfolio

  • Effectively research companies

  • Gauge risk, growth, and return

  • Increase your dividend investments

Lawrence Carrel is a financial journalist and served as a staff writer at,, and He is the author of ETFs for the Long Run: What They Are, How They Work, and Simple Strategies for Successful Long-Term Investing (Wiley).

Part I: Introducing Dividend Investing Basics.

Chapter 1: Wrapping Your Brain Around Dividend Investing.

Chapter 2: Brushing Up on Dividend Details.

Chapter 3: Grasping the Dividend Advantage.

Part II: Selecting an Investment Approach and Picking Stocks.

Chapter 4: Risky Business: Assessing Risk and Your Risk Tolerance.

Chapter 5: Setting Goals and Making Plans.

Chapter 6: Choosing the Right Approach for You.

Chapter 7: Searching for Promising Candidates.

Chapter 8: Sizing Up Potential Picks.

Part III: Exploring Income-Generating Industries.

Chapter 9: Lighting Up Your Portfolio with Utilities.

Chapter 10: Pumping Up Your Portfolio with Energy Partnerships.

Chapter 11: Getting Connected with Telecommunications Stocks.

Chapter 12: Investing in the Necessities of Life: Consumer Goods.

Chapter 13: Exploring REITs and Financials.

Part IV: Checking Out Dividend Investment Vehicles.

Chapter 14: Compounding Your Returns with Dividend Reinvestment Plans.

Chapter 15: Diversifying Your Dividends through Mutual Funds.

Chapter 16: Tapping the Best of Both Worlds with Exchange-Traded Funds.

Chapter 17: Going Global with Foreign Dividends.

Part V: Managing Your Portfolio.

Chapter 18: Choosing an Effective Stock-Picking Strategy.

Chapter 19: Buying and Selling Dividend Stocks: Where and How.

Chapter 20: Tuning In to Changes in Tax Laws.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Setting the Record Straight: Ten Common Misconceptions about Dividends.

Chapter 22: Ten Dividend Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

Appendix: The Dividend Aristocrats.