Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Potential Dividend Growth Future Star

As a dividend growth investor, one of the primary stats I look at when evaluating a stock is the number of annual dividend increases. The longer a stock has been increasing its dividend payment, the more that becomes part of the corporate identity. Typically, it takes a major event within the company (or industry) to prevent the board of directors from continuing to raise its dividend after a long history has been established. This adds a layer of safety that helps me sleep better at night. I am quite certain that Kimberly-Clark (KMB) - 38 years of increases, Wal-Mart (WMT) - 37 years of increases, and AFLAC (AFL) - 30 years of increases, will provide me with a raise once again this year. Companies like these should be at the core of any dividend growth portfolio.  READ MORE


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