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By Jennifer Pellet

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In the '90s, investors sought companies that reinvestedearnings for higher profits-and those looking for reliableincome streams focused on bonds. But a combination of a lessexuberant market and a new tax law lowering the tax rate ondividends is changing that picture, says Ross Levin, president offinancial planning firm Accredited Investors Inc. in Edina,Minnesota, who advises investors to consider adding dividend stocksto taxable investment portfolios.

"Dividends are taxed at most at 15 percent and, dependingon your taxable income, as low as 5 percent," says Levin."For those in the highest tax brackets or those who requireincome from their portfolios, that differential is a hugebenefit." Ideally, such investors should diversify holdings bybuying a mix of stocks or investing through a mutual fundconcentrating on dividend-paying stocks.

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