Here are some interesting return numbers when looking at where to put your money:
Year to Date, the S&P 500 is up 0.94% excluding dividends but is up 2.42% including dividends.
Over a one-year time period, market fluctuations account for 80% of returns but over a five-year time horizon, dividend yield and growth account for almost 80% of returns.
Ned Davis Research produced the following return figures: Since December 31, 1929, $100 invested in S&P 500 price only index grew to $4,989. That same $100 invested in the S&P 500 total return index grew to $177,774!
Since 12/31/1929, 95.8% of returns in the S&P 500 are accounted for by dividends and their reinvestment into the index.
Moral of the story, Paid To Wait stocks should be a part of every investor's portfolio.