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How to Profit From Wall Street's Biggest Gaffe in Decades

I was perusing the newswires a few weeks ago when the following Reuters news story headline all but physically grabbed my attention.

It stated: “Exclusive: Morgan Stanley Rebuilds in Commodities Trading.”

Most folks probably looked at this and tossed it off as just another of the endless machinations of Wall Street.

But I knew better…

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    Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

    Yield-seeking investors know that holding the right dividend stocks means they get paid even if the market pulls back.

    That's an enticing idea now that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is at a record high.

    That's also why Money Morning Global Investing Strategist and editor of the Permanent Wealth Investor service Martin Hutchinson warns that holding only non-dividend payers could hurt investors.

    "I find stocks that don't pay dividends rather alarming because there's no way of getting any return from them at all," explained Hutchinson.

    His favorite dividend stocks are "heirloom stocks," a select group of 82 stocks listed on the NYSE or Nasdaq with a reliable dividend-paying history.

    In the following video Hutchinson explains how to spot heirloom stocks and why they should be an important base of any portfolio. He also shares one of his favorite "heirloom" dividend stocks to buy now.

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  • Dividend-Paying Stocks: AOL Not the Only One to Raise Payout AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) announced Monday it would divvy out $1.1 billion in cash to shareholders, joining the growing group of dividend-paying stocks - although only for brief moment.

    AOL will dole out a one-time payment of $5.15 a share to holders of record Dec. 5, for a total of $500 million given out in dividends.

    In addition to the whopping and unexpected dividend news, AOL also reported a $600 million fast-tracked share repurchase agreement with Barclays Plc (NYSE ADR: BCS).

    The move comes on the heels of a deal inked in April to sell 800 patents to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT). At the time, AOL assured its plans were "to return a significant portion of the sale proceeds to shareholders."

    The move also follows a push from activist shareholder group Starboard Value LP, which had been lobbying for AOL to unload its patent cache and reward shareholders with a dividend and share repurchase program.

    Investors applauded the dividend news, sending shares of AOL up more than 3% Monday. The stock has been on a tear, climbing more than 120% year-to-date.

    While AOL has only planned a one-time dividend, many other companies in 2012 have announced regular payouts.

    Dividend-Paying Stocks: Payouts on the Rise

    A number of companies are beginning to recognize just how important dividends have become in this era of low-interest savings accounts and certificates of deposits (CDs) that offer paltry yields.

    In fact, dividends, once a trademark of stodgy blue chip companies, are emerging in full force in the tech sector.

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