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Dec. 14, 2018, 2:15 p.m. EST

How are ‘boring’ dividend strategies doing in this ‘exciting’ year?

How this year’s best-performing portfolio got to the top of the scoreboard

By Mark Hulbert, MarketWatch

If ever there were a time when dividend stock strategies should show their worth, this year would surely qualify.

Because companies rarely cut their dividends, they should continue to get paid even when the stock market is as volatile (or ugly) as it has been in 2018. So the very same dividend strategies that previously seemed so boring when the broad market was going up should, when the market starts declining, start showing up at the top of the leaderboard.

That’s the theory, at least. For this column I mined the Hulbert Financial Digest’s extensive database of investment newsletter performance to see whether that theory has held up in the crazy and vertigo-inducing markets of 2018.

Mark Hulbert has been tracking the advice of more than 160 financial newsletters since 1980.

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