As an individual investor do you really think that your goal should be to "Beat the Market"? I think that if individual investors are asking themselves that they are asking the wrong question. The real question is "Are you making any money"? Is your return higher than inflation?
By trying to "Beat the Market", investors might be applying short term thinking. I think that when individuals are out to do this that they will only be thinking short term. I think that to do well in buying stocks, especially the dividend paying kind, you should be thinking long term.
You do not want to get so tied up trying to beat the market, you do not do what you really want to do and that is make money.
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