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If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you already know what I’m about to tell you. Dividends are one of the best ways to build long-term wealth. The fact is that more than 70% of the market’s total returns over the last 50 odd years have come via dividends. Getting 2 to 4% a year in cash goes a long way toward hitting various return goals.

And when you add rising and increasing dividends to that equation, the compounding effects are even greater and allow for even more wealth generation.

But while it’s always great to get more cash from one of your holdings, not all dividend growth is the same. It seems that how often a firm raises their payouts is actually more critical than the amount of each bump upwards. “Lumpiness” can actually do more harm than expected.

For investors, steady dividend growth is really the key.

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