The “Quiet” Dividend Aristocrats: 2 Winners, 2 Losers

Stocks that raise their dividend meaningfully every year will make you a lot of money over the long haul… provided they continue to boost their payouts, of course. Studies by two global investment heavyweights, BlackRock and GMO, have shown that 90% of U.S. equity returns over the past 100 years have been thanks to dividends and dividend growth. Ned Davis Research also conducted its own 43-year study on stock returns. The conclusion? Dividend payers are good… but dividend growers are great. Stocks that paid a growing dividend delivered double-digit returns and outpaced steady dividend payers by nearly one-third: Annual Rate of Return (Ned Davis Research) Over time, this compounding really adds up as these stocks pull away from stagnant payers and the market at-large: Dividend Growers Pull Away Over Time Worried about the Fed’s rate cycle?… Read more
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