BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- If money talks, dividends just won't shut up right now. For investors, that's a very good thing.For many, it may seem like a renewed emphasis has come back onto dividends in the last few years. In large part, that's because it has. Post-crisis, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are paying out higher average sustained dividend yields to investors than they have since the mid-1990s. That's a massive shift toward the importance of income; where dividend payers were once the "boring," low-growth names, investors are starting to expect income from more buoyant stocks in 2012.
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