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Don't forget Dividends

Dividends are a very important part of successful investing. The chart shows the S&P 500 price return and the S&P 500 total since 1988. Starting with $100 in 1988, the investor carefully reinvesting dividends would now have $2,107, a 10.7% compound return. The investor in the price only S&P 500 would have $1,046 or 8.1%.

The difference of 2.6% a year meant the dividend investor retired with almost double the amount.

 --Christian Thwaites, Brouwer & Janachowski, LLC

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