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10 Dividends That Are Slowing to a Screeching Halt

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Like clockwork, a core appeal of dividend growth investing is receiving steadily higher payouts each and every year. Rising income can help retirees combat cost-of-living increases, or higher dividends can be reinvested to further increase the power of compounding.

Regardless of how the dividends are used, companies with track records of delivering strong dividend growth over many years typically possess several enduring competitive advantages. After all, to consistently pay fast-growing dividends, a firm must be conservatively managed to survive the economy’s unpredictable cycles, generate a growing stream of cash flow over time and remain committed to returning capital to shareholders.

However, the world is constantly changing, reshuffling the market’s winners and losers, as well as the best stocks to buy for future dividend growth.

The 10 dividend stocks identified here have good if not downright impressive payout track records. Some have made uninterrupted payouts for over a century, and others have compounded their dividends by more than 20% annually over the last decade.

However, they all have one thing in common: their dividends are either now frozen or expected to grow at a very slow pace over the next several years. A few of their dividends could even be at risk of a reduction, should conditions deteriorate further. Investors interested in strong and immediate dividend growth may want to avoid some of these companies, though a couple may bear watching until an eventual return to more meaningful dividend expansion.

SEE ALSO: 10 Stocks at Serious Risk of a Meltdown

Data is as of April 6, 2018. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more. Brian Bollinger is the President of Simply Safe Dividends, a provider of online tools and research used by thousands of dividend investors to generate safe retirement income.

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