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Ask any dividend investor what kind of stocks fill their portfolios and there’s a good chance they’ll say large caps.

After all, the largest equities feature robust cash flows, enviable moats and plenty of earnings firepower, which are all the necessary points that drive dividends and payout growth. But investors may want to rethink this allocation and focus on large caps.

It actually may be better to move down the market-cap ladder.

Mid-cap stocks pack plenty of total return potential, outperformance and dividend growth beyond them. For investors – especially those with a decent timeline before retirement – mid caps could be their best bet. A new report from State Street highlights just how potent they can be.

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