I see many here struggling with stocks to gamble for profit or to get dividends; better get both!
I am not happy with gambling and I am not a Stoic. I don't want to be allways alert on my monetary investments. For me FI is not equel to constant searching and changing positions. And as the whole financial world is focusing on dividend the results will automaticly delute. Quant traders (Quant raiders?) are perfecting the system they say, but what they really do is skimming the milk. A new cable between Europe and US is projected to get an advantage of 0,25 sec in stocktrading time!
We simple persons will lose our money to them....
I found another aproach (for 13 years now) which works for me. I do only interest deposito's spread over more than one not related bank in three different countries in and outside Europe in the one currency I spend: the Euro.
I accept that now I go into a period with no or very little yield. I have had period of 6 or 7 % yield. Perhaps will that happen again perhaps not.
In last resort (but I would find it an adventure) I can become an Autark (my word for money (coins) independence), and buy a little homestead somewhere, free from the grid.
How does that suit you?