How to Beat the Wall Street Journal’s Market Crash Play

Corrections, Dividend Investing

The wealth destruction this year experienced by investors who held the hot stocks of 2021 has been brutal. A recent Wall Street Journal email noted how investors have now changed strategies in response – better late than never.

But if you really want to see long-term success in the rising-interest rate, high inflation, expensive-commodity era that’s coming…

You need to look at this dividend-focused investment strategy.

Shares of companies paying big dividends to investors have trounced practically everything else this year.

The iShares Core High Dividend exchange-traded fund, which tracks 75 such stocks, is up 6.4% this year. That puts the fund far ahead of the S&P 500, which is down 9.8% in 2022.

The fund includes stocks like Exxon Mobil, which has a dividend yield of 3.8%; Johnson & Johnson, which has a yield of 2.5%; and Coca-Cola with a yield of 2.7%. All three are beating the market for the year.

The Journal didn’t include the fact that the fund (ticker: HDV) has been a long-term winner for investors. In 2021, the fund returned a not-to-shabby 20.0%. The fund has averaged a 10.3% average annual total return for the past decade. With the compound growth and dividends reinvested, an account would have grown by 180% over the decade.

You have to love the power of compounding and dividend reinvestment!

But as a dividend-focused investor, you can easily outperform an index fund, even one as successful as HDV. The fund has a current yield of 3.28%. The Stable Dividends category from my Dividend Hunter service has an average yield of 7.5%, and generates dividend growth similar to what the ETF will produce.

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One of the stocks you’ll find on that list, with a current yield of 6.1%, is EPR Properties (EPR). Even better, the company grows dividends by 6% to 8% every year.

If you have bailed out on growth stocks because of the recent market losses, you can get back onto a positive investment returns slope by shifting to a dividend and income-focused strategy. There’s no better time to start than now. You’ll be happy you did.

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