Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The U.S. Dividend Champions

If you have been reading this blog, or other dividend blogs, then you know all about the Mergent Dividend Achievers and the S&P Dividend Aristocrats. However, these are not the only games in town for identifying stocks with super-strong histories of dividend growth. There is another one available at a site called the DRiP Investing Resource Center.

At the site, webmaster George Smyth maintains a list of stocks called the U.S. Dividend Champions. The criteria for a stock to make it on this list is explained as part of the report:

The initial goal was to identify companies that had increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years, but, as explained below, the definition was broadened to include additional companies that had paid higher dividends without having increased the quarterly payout in every calendar year. I also decided to follow companies that had increased their dividend for 20-24 straight years, since they are likely to join the 25-year "Champions" soon.

I like this list because it is more inclusive to ensure companies that should be on the list are. In addition, the contributors also keep an eye out for companies that are very close to achieving the U.S. Dividend Champion designation. So, if you are looking for a list of dividend growth stocks to invest in, this is an excellent resource. It is available in both Excel and PDF.

This article was written by The Dividend Guy. You may email questions or comments to me at info@thedividendguyblog.com.


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