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When it comes to dividend-paying stocks, the size of the dividend is less important than its growth rate and its sustainability. Companies that consistently reward shareholders with annual increases to the size of their dividend are categorized into three distinct groups:
Dividend Aristocrats: A highly select group of U.S. stocks that has been paying and increasing their annual dividends every year for at least the past 25 years.
Dividend Achievers: A list of U.S. stocks that have been paying and increasing their annual dividend for at least the last 10 years.
U.S. Dividend Growers Outperformed
Source: Ned Davis Research analysis of companies underlying the Russell 3000 Index, a measure of the broad U.S. equities market; the MSCI EAFE Index, a leading developed market index; and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, a leading emerging markets index. Data for Russell 3000 companies is from February 2, 1987 through December 31, 2015. Data for MSCI EAFE companies is from June 30, 1996 through December 31, 2015. Data for MSCI Emerging Markets Index companies is from June 30, 1996 through December 31, 2015. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
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