Re: Building on the dividends thread
Technical analysis shows that small cap value and to a lesser degree, large and mid cap value outperform growth and blend funds while producing a higher dividend. In some instances (the late 90's for example) growth did beat up on value for a short period of time. It could be said (with some qualifiers) that most of the large cap growth 'runs' werent terribly healthy ones. The tech run in the 90's, the 'nifty 50' etc.
Bernstein covered this phenomena in "the four pillars". Basically good growth stocks dont often remain good growth stocks for long, while good value stocks frequently stay 'value' based, the stock price is beaten down, their prospects are usually better than the stock price indicates, and if all else fails they're paying you to own the stock. His synopsys: good stocks are bad to own, bad stocks are good to own.
You will experience more volatility, higher current income from the dividends (and the tax those represent), but higher longer term (10+ years) growth of your money. You are usually best off owning these in volume (as in a fund) rather than hand picking, although some people like Unclemick like holding a dozen or so value/dividend paying stocks either directly purchased via drips or in a brokerage account. Indexes also beat actively managed in 99% of cases.
For some people, their best bet for long term growth of capital is to dial up large, mid and small cap value in whatever ratios appeal to you, drop in some foreign value (which is also beating foreigh blend/growth), some emerging market (which is ALL 'value'!) with about 20% in bonds and cash to act as ballast.
There are some other strategies to enhance the benefits of value without throwing out the growth. Charlie uses the "coffee house" approach, and he can probably explain it better but it involves buying equal amounts of stocks at all the four corners of the 'style boxes'...equal chunks of large cap value, large cap growth, small cap value and small cap growth. Balance frequently.
A lot of people also tend to throw out mid caps. Note that a lot of the vanguard board members have a signficant, if not majority, of their portfolio in funds like Windsor. They claim that this actively managed, mostly 'large mid cap/small large cap' fund, is still in their pocket because they dont want to incur the tax hit from selling it and moving their money to the well espoused broad indexes. I doubt that...I think they have their money there because the long term numbers are frickin great.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.