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By Fred Fuld



) - Recently, Jim Cramer reminded "Mad Money" viewers of an often-overlooked perk of stocks that pay dividends: the tax advantage.

Earnings from dividends are only taxed at 15%,

" he said, one of the reasons why dividends are his "secret weapon" in saving for retirement.

There are hundreds of portfolios at Stockpickr dedicated to dividend-paying stocks (to find them, just enter "dividend" in the

search box

). For example, there's the

High Beta Dividends

portfolio, the

Large-Cap Gold Stocks with Dividends

portfolio and the

Microcaps with Dividends

portfolio. (To create your own portfolio, just

sign up at Stockpickr


David Peltier, portfolio manager of the

Dividend Stock Advisor

, says investors should "

focus on companies that are raising their dividends

." With that in mind, every week Stockpickr reviews the recent dividend declarations and compiles a portfolio of

dividend-increasers for the week


-- Written by Fred Fuld in San Francisco.

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