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Two Stock Picks That Will Succeed No Matter Who Is in Washington

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"Get Rich with Dividends" author shares his thoughts.

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The kids are back in school learning reading, writing, and arithmetic (and that's probably all since the standardized tests don't deem anything else to be important). But Junior doesn't have to be the only one in the family to get an education this fall.

As an investor, you should constantly be striving to learn as much as you can about market history, how markets work, different types of analysis, etc.

For example, did you know that since 1937, the market has gone up 91% of the time over 10 year periods? That puts me at ease considering the upcoming election and the fact that I have absolutely no faith that either presidential candidate or Congress will do much to improve the economy.

It may be a tough slog going forward, but that's not much different than other difficult periods in history. The 1970s decade was no cakewalk. Vietnam, Watergate, gas lines, and double digit inflation -- yet, including dividends, investors made money in every 10 year period involving the 1970s (i.e., 1967-1976, 1973-1982, etc.).

World War II didn't do much to stop the stock market. Only the 10 year period ending in 1946 finished down – and that included several years of the Great Depression.

Over 10 year periods, the stock market goes up -- and it goes up a lot. Including dividends, the market rises an average of 129% over 10 years, more than doubling investors' money.

So even though most politicians wouldn't know good policy if it fell in their laps, the market is likely going to do what it has done throughout history: Go up over the long term.

But that doesn't mean investors should just blindly put their money into an index fund and collect their proceeds in 10 or more years. There are ways of maximizing returns.

Give Yourself a Raise.

One of the easiest and most powerful methods is to invest in perpetual dividend raisers. These are stocks that have a track record of raising their dividend every year. This is important for three critical reasons:
  1. It suggests the business is healthy; a company whose business is struggling is not likely to be able to boost its payout to investors every year over the long term.
  2. It shows that management understands its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders.
  3. It helps investors outpace inflation and create real wealth.

In my book Get Rich with Dividends, I introduce investors to my 10-11-12 System. It's a system designed to generate 12% annual returns over a 10 year period. With those kinds of returns you triple your money in 10 years and make nearly 1,000% over twenty years.
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