Investors feel so burned by corporate America

Mr. Froehlich says many investors feel so burned by corporate America — having endured the bursting of the tech bubble, the scandals of Enron and WorldCom, then the financial crisis and May’s “flash crash” — that even blue-chip, dividend-paying stocks may seem too risky. What some investors may not take into account, says Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P, is that dividends can mean the difference between losing money in the stock market and keeping it. Since 2000, the S&P 500 has lost about 18%.

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