Investors may not realize that recent higher dividendstrends bode well for investment returns. Historically between 40-50% of thereturn investors associate with investing in stocks has come from dividendswith the balance being earned through price appreciation.

Since the technology bubble burst in 2000 return from price appreciation has been disappointingly flat. On the other hand, we feel dividend trends over this 12-year period have been surprisingly positive through several recessions and a major financial crisis.

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