What if I told you that dividends are not all they are cracked up to be? That doesn’t mean they are necessarily bad. However, receiving a dividend is like taking money from your bank account and holding it in cash. Your financial situation hasn’t necessarily changed; you are just holding part of your money in a different form. The true measure of a good investment should be the total return instead of the dividend stream it pays. This can be a touchy subject for people, so I apologize in advance.