As the popularity of dividend-paying stocks continues to rise some investors wonder if there is enough room for everyone of if they could be in for an unpleasant surprise, perhaps even, "the b-word," Josh Peters, editor of Morningstar's DividendInvestor, sighs. "Bubble."

Inflows into dividend-paying stocks have picked up in light of recent volatility. Investors and baby boomers in particular view the relatively stable cash payouts as a dependable source of retirement income, according to Peters, who is also Morningstar's Director of Equity-Income Strategy.

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