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Investing In Dividends For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Diversify your portfolio with dividends
  • Minimize risk and maximize rewards
  • Start trading and making informed decisions

Learn to choose dividend stocks for a steady investment

If you're looking for a reliable source of retirement income, dividend stocks can be a wise addition to your portfolio. Savvy investors want to know the ins and outs of dividends and how to use them, and that's exactly what you'll find in this handy guide. From dividend basics to choosing the right companies to a buy-sell strategy, it's all here!

  • What it's all about — explore the fundamentals of dividends, how they work, and the advantages they can offer investors
  • What you're looking for — determine your own risk tolerance, understand your personal investment goals, and choose first-rate dividend stocks
  • Find the good guys — learn to research companies offering dividends and find the ones that best complement your portfolio and investment strategy
  • Know the odds — understand how to gauge risk and return and how dividends may affect your investment performance
  • Honor the IRS — get familiar with the tax laws affecting dividends

Open the book and find:

  • How dividends influence the stock market
  • Why dates matter in dividend payment
  • All about DRIPs and DIPs
  • Pros and cons of global dividend investing
  • Tips for identifying quality dividend stocks

Lawrence Carrel is a contributing writer for The Journal of Indexes /, where he writes a weekly column on the exchange-traded fund and indexing industries.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Dividends 5

Chapter 1: Wrapping Your Brain Around Dividend Investing 7

Chapter 2: Brushing Up on Dividend Details 27

Chapter 3: Grasping the Dividend Advantage 41

Part II: Exploring the World of Dividends 59

Chapter 4: Income-Generating Industries 61

Chapter 5: Exploring REITs and Financials 91

Chapter 6: Dividend Investment Vehicles 111

Part III: Selecting an Investment Approach 145

Chapter 7: Setting Goals and Making Plans 147

Chapter 8: Risky Business: Assessing Risk and Your Risk Tolerance 161

Chapter 9: Choosing Your Approach -- And Your Dividends 173

Chapter 10: Buying and Selling Dividend Stocks 205

Chapter 11: Staying Current on Tax Laws 219

Part IV: The Part of Tens 237

Chapter 12: Ten Common Misconceptions about Dividends 239

Chapter 13: Ten Dividend Investing Mistakes to Avoid 247

Index 253