Best Dividend Stocks for Dependable Dividend Growth

The highest yield isn't everything when it comes to finding the best dividend stocks. Income investors know there's no substitute for regular dividend increases over the long haul.

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Buy-and-hold dividend growth investors know something about the best dividend stocks that less experienced yield-hunters don't: it pays to be patient when you're investing for income.

Shares in companies that raise their payouts like clockwork decade after decade can produce superior total returns (price change plus dividends) over the long run, even if they sport apparently ho-hum yields to begin with.

Disclaimer

Companies are listed by the number of years they've consecutively raised their dividends, from lowest to highest. The index of Dividend Aristocrats is maintained by S&P Dow Jones Indices. Dividend history based on company information and S&P data. Dividend-growth streaks include the current year if the company announced a dividend hike as of May 20, 2024.

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