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Looking to start investing in dividend stocks. Best platform?

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I use Fidelity. Not sure why you want dividend stocks but either way, I'd recommend any of the big brokers like Fidelity or Vanguard.

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Why is that preferable to holding something like VTI that has grown significantly more over the last 30+ years and sell those for long term cap gains when you need money? You can choose your tax lots and sell only the investments you've held for 1+ years.

You could go with any of the heavy weights out there. Instead of stocks, you'd be better off with these ETFs. Low ER, good yield, very little overlap with each other. Also, if you really want to get into dividend investing, try having these in your tax advantaged accounts. https://joinfishbowl.com/post_w799ujfy16

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I guess my question is more around WHY anyone would go down this path. I agree that if someone has set their mind to dividend investing, your advice is good. But why would you want to in the first place? You can't rely on consistent dividends because those will change given market performance. So it still doesn't quite make sense to me. Is it just because it's easier to receive dividends than to manually sell stocks when you need the money? Or is it for people who are on a shorter time frame and want to hold stable low-growth companies instead of bonds?

I have Fidelity and really like it. Their app and customer service have not disappointed me so far after about 5 years with them. Depends on your situation, but my 401k is through Fidelity and my account page shows a summary total across all accounts, which I love.

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Dividends don't matter. Every dollar issued in dividends is a dollar no longer on the balance sheet, which means lower share price evaluations.

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They do matter in how they’re taxed to the investor

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Non-dividends unless you’re investing in a tax advantaged account. No reason to create ongoing tax bills.

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