Dividends aren't in the limelight these days, but they can still play an important supporting role.
The surging stock market has been the star of the show in recent years, with investors applauding as their money has grown. All those capital gains make it easy to forget the other source of return from stocks: dividends. Dividends are the payments firms make directly to shareholders. And they can provide a source of stability in a stock portfolio, cushioning returns in a declining market.
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