Why Dividends Matter

Today, Fool.com analysts Anand Chokkavelu and Matt Koppenheffer review Anand's decision to hang on to his shares of Philip Morris despite short-term weakness in the shares today.

Though the 3.7% dividend the company pays investors every year isn't as big as that of other tobacco companies, it's still far higher than the market average and is a huge boon to the long-term investor because of the power of compounding interest.

While hot growth stocks get all the attention, the historically resilient nature of tobacco dividends means they could help you retire rich.

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