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Many people are surprised to learn that dividend income and reinvestment can account for nearly 90% of total stock market returns over time.

That's right. Not a quarter... Not half... But 90%.

But the potential returns we can bank with this simple method can be much, much higher...

What Are Master Limited Partnerships?

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Master limited partnerships have seen immense growth over the last decade. The sector has grown 260% over the last decade.

But many investors don't fully understand their tax benefits, dividend yields, and business structure.

Here's how master limited partnerships work and why they're profitable...

A High-Dividend ETF Lets You Invest in Today's Top-Yielding Stocks

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A high-dividend ETF is an exchange-traded fund that lets investors own a handful of dividend stocks with good yields.

"Good" yields are about 2.5% or higher.

You can get three high-dividend ETFs right here - yields as high as 6.3%...

Does the XOM Dividend Make Exxon Stock a Buy?

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Exxon Mobil Corp. dominates the world of Big Oil in terms of market cap and brand recognition.

The $364 billion company is widely embraced by income investors thanks mostly to the healthy XOM dividend.

Here's everything you need to know about the XOM dividend - and whether or not it's worth buying XOM stock...

4 Monthly Dividend Stocks for a Steady Income Stream

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Monthly dividend stocks are growing in popularity. They offer investors all the benefits of traditional dividend-paying stocks, like predictable income, capital appreciation potential, and a buffer against market volatility.

But they send out payments each month rather than on a quarterly basis.

A growing number of companies recognize the value of delivering dividends to shareholders on a more frequent schedule.

Here are four monthly dividend stocks to consider...

The Best Dividend-Paying Stocks in the Small-Cap Sector

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There was a time when small-caps didn't offer any of the market's best dividend-paying stocks, but that's changing.

The number of issues in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index presently paying a dividend has jumped 10.2% since the end of 2013. Now some of the best dividend-paying stocks in the small-cap sector include a health REIT yielding 4.61%, a natural gas company yielding 3.92%, and a regional bank yielding 3.53%.

Thanks to regular, and potentially higher cash payouts, small cap investors can now get a steady stream of income along with growth prospects.

You can get in on the profits. Here are five small cap dividend dynamos...

Here's How Powerful Dividend Reinvestment Is to Your Portfolio

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At Money Morning, we're big proponents of dividend reinvestment. It's a strategy that will help you amass tremendous wealth over time.

Reinvesting dividends is the practice of buying additional shares of a stock using the dividends themselves to pay for your purchase. It results in long-term compounding, and that's key to building a fortune.

Here's a look at just how valuable dividend reinvestment is to your portfolio...

Blue-Chip Stocks List: Three to Buy and Hold in 2015

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Blue-chip stocks are typically sector leaders boasting market caps in the billions. Many also pay attractive dividends. The combination of growth, value, and dividend income continues to draw investors to blue chips.

A key argument for remaining in blue-chip, dividend-paying stocks has shifted from their value solely as an income-producing investment to their potential for future dividend growth.

Here's a blue-chip stocks list to keep you profiting in 2015...

BAC Dividend Hike on Hold After Stress Test Shows "Weakness"

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Results of the U.S. Federal Reserve's so-called stress test were released Wednesday - and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) passed only provisionally. As such, a long-awaited boost to the BAC dividend remains on hold.

In total, 28 U.S.-based banks passed the Fed's annual regulatory test.

Here's a look at BofA's stress test miss - plus 10 notable dividend hikes and share buybacks announced by banks that fared better this time...

One REIT ETF to Buy Today

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REITs are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate properties. And they've been tearing up the market lately.

An REIT ETF is the best way to own a basket of these soaring securities.

Here's a look at one REIT ETF growing faster than the Dow and S&P combined...

The Energy Dividend Stock That Will Survive the Shakeout

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[Editor's Note: Tom Gentile is the co-founder of Optionetics, a financial education company which he later sold to one of the world's largest retail brokerages. Tom leveraged his 25 years of experience trading stocks, futures, and options to teach more than 300,000 people the secrets to profitable, low-risk investing.

Tom is the author of a book, The Trading Index Course, which lays out the basis of his highly successful system for trading options, and he's a frequent contributor to CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, and FOX. We're excited to have him with us...]

Oil has been a glutton for punishment, getting rocked by sellers and dropping some 55% from the highs of last July.

Up until just a few months ago, nearly every analyst and hedge fund manager in this space was offering up his or her commentary on how oil had bottomed and how it was time to buy.

Now it seems that fewer traders are willing to make that call, offering a glimmer of hope for contrarians like myself.

In fact, less than two weeks ago, I published a report on the upcoming oil bounce, as well as ways to profit from the expected move higher. One of the safer ways to play the seasonal oil bounce is to look at energy stocks that pay a dividend....

These 25 Stocks That Pay Dividends Just Hiked Payouts for Better Yield

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Stocks that pay dividends are a top choice for income in today's low-interest environment.

Compare dividend stocks to the income alternatives. U.S. Treasury yields sit near historic lows. Nearly 22% of total developed market countries' debt carries a negative yield.

Meanwhile, most stocks that pay dividends have increased yields. And they offer investors the chance at capital appreciation.

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9 New Special Dividends Announced Last Week

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Special dividends - separate one-time payouts in addition to a company's regular (if any) dividend - are on the rise. Special dividend payment amounts jumped 49% from January through September 2014.

Special dividends are typically larger than normal dividend payouts. Companies usually declare them after an especially strong quarter or year, or when their cash reserve grows significantly.

Here are the nine companies that announced special dividends during the week ending Feb. 6.

Dividend Investing News: GM, GILD, and 29 More Increases

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Dividend Investing News, Feb. 9, 2015: Stocks that sport attractive and growing dividends are still the best option for income seekers as interest rates remain low.

More than half of S&P 500 companies currently yield more than the 10-year Treasury note's 1.93%. Plus, dividend stocks offer an added bonus of potential capital appreciation.

A total of 76 dividend stocks raised payouts last week - here are 30 of the most notable increases...

10 IPOs This Week Led by Columbia Pipeline Partners LP Stock (NYSE: CPPL)

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There are 10 new IPOs this week expected to raise a combined $1.4 billion.

Leading the pack this week are two dividend stocks: Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: CPPL) and Easterly Government Properties Inc. (NYSE: DEA). Those two offerings alone are expected to bring in 70% of this week's total.

Here's a look at the 10 upcoming IPOs this week...

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