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Dividend Aristocrats With 50+ Years of Payout Growth

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If you’re looking for dividend stocks you can trust, you can start with the Dividend Aristocrats. These companies in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index have hiked their dividends every year for at least a quarter-century. A company that has raised its payout annually for 25 years or more, through good times and bad, clearly makes its dividend a priority.

But what if that’s not good enough? Long-term income investors want assurances that the dividend hikes will be there for decades. After all, rising payouts are the secret to building wealth through dividend stocks over the long haul. Steady dividend hikes reward existing investors with increasingly higher yields on shares purchased in the past, and also help keep the payment ahead of the pace of inflation.

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Although there are never any guarantees that a company won’t cut or suspend its dividend, there is an elite group within the Dividend Aristocrats that has delivered payout hikes for generations. Indeed, these companies have raised their distributions annually for at least a half-century. With that sort of track record, through economies good and bad, investors can rest reasonably assured that these dividend stalwarts will keep their streaks alive.

If you’re a long-term income investor looking for payouts you can really count on, this elite list of Dividend Aristocrats is worth checking out.

SEE ALSO: 50 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2018

Data is as of Jan. 3, 2017. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Analyst ratings are from Zacks Investment Research. Companies are listed alphabetically.

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