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Dividend investing focuses on selecting solid companies that pay a regular and growing dividend. Investing for dividends in the U.S. has been gaining in popularity since The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 created qualified dividends, which are taxable at a 15% federal rate or 5% for taxpayers in the two lowest tax brackets. Many other countries, such as Canada, have preferencial income tax treatment for dividends earned.
As noted in the article Seven Important Reasons for Dividend Investing , stocks that pay dividends provide several advantages over those that do not, including:
However, as with any investment, there are some cons as well. These include: