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Equity investors have flocked to high dividend-paying stocks in recent years, with many asset managers calling them the "new fixed income", reports Financial Times.

It says retirees and risk-averse investors like the "stability of companies that regularly pay out income and generate long-term wealth for their portfolios."

In the U.S. specifically, many clients are taking advantage of how they're taxed, since payouts have been taxed at only 15% since 2003.

With the fiscal cliff looming, however, investors are fretting over whether the dividend tax break can be saved. Read more.

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Invest in companies first

Tax-efficient investing and dividends

Less tax means more return

Tax savings for the retiree

Taxing Canadian dividends

Originally published on Advisor.ca