Why Dividend Reinvestment is Important Even When the Yield is Low

The current dividend yield of the S&P 500 is 1.90%. The yield has hovered around 2% for many years now. Since the 1990s the dividend yield has declined consistently year over year to reach the current low rates. The following chart shows the dividend yield since 1870: Click to enlarge Source: multipl.com However though the …

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One Decade’s Winner Could Become Next Decade’s Loser

In the equity market, the only thing that is constant is change. To put it another way, today’s winner could be tomorrow’s loser. So investors have to be cautious in betting too much on one company or sector with plans to hold them for the long term measured in decades or forever. For example, some …

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S&P 500 Price vs. Total Return Over 5 Years: Chart

The S&P 500 is up by 19.59% year-to-date based on price only. However based on total return which includes dividend reinvestment the return is 21.36% so far this year. In the past few years the dividend yield on the index is around 2%. Though the yield is small, the difference between the price return and …

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