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Seeking Dividend Champions: Don’t Settle for Less

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 21, 2018

Reality Shares is a credible organization. But its system favors dividend-paying stocks to generate capital gains, not income. Yeah the components of its ETFs pay dividends. But they were chosen for their ability to generate capital gains, not income. They’re best suited for those seeking capital gains, not those seeking yield.

As the numbers I quote show, Reality Shares’ approach has had some success. What bothers me is Barron’s didn’t think it worthwhile to point out that its fundamental investment objectives are very different from those of income investors, and how that affects the suitability of its recommendations. And I wonder how many people will take the 10 minutes I did on Google Search to discover who Reality Shares really is.

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