Beat the S&P Index

Some articles and interviews out there talk about it being difficult to beat the S&P 500 index.  A solid recommendation for most casual investors is to stick with a mutual fund or ETF that mimics the S&P 500.  I like that advice and have an ETF on my research list that follows the S&P’s returns but there are also some solid dividend-paying stocks out there that have beat the S&P over the last 30 years.  Just by using a quick search on Google’s stock charts revealed several that I’m going to research further: CLX, MCD, KO, PG, and JNJ.  I’m going to dig deeper into these but I was surprised by how well these stocks have done over the long-term.  MCD was the most surprising of them all. 

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