Dividend stocks are usually the cornerstone of successful investing portfolios. That's because they bring an abundance of advantages to the table that their non-dividend-paying counterparts simply can't offer.

Aside from the fact that dividend stocks have handily outperformed non-dividend-paying stocks over the long run, the first thing to note is that dividend stocks are usually profitable and have time-tested business models. Put in another context, companies wouldn't be inclined to share a percentage of their income with shareholders if their management teams didn't foresee continued profitability and growth.

Furthermore, regular payouts can help calm skittish investors and hedge against inevitable stock market corrections, as well as be reinvested into more shares of dividend-paying stock via a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). DRIPs are how the smartest money managers in the world generate long-term wealth for their clients.

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