There’s only 57 of them in the world.
They are the most elite dividend-paying stocks in the market.
To make the cut, they must have increased their dividend payout every year for at least 25 years. This group of stocks are known as the Dividend Aristocrats.
The names of many of the companies will be familiar… Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, Exxon Mobil and PepsiCo, for example. But others are less well-known, like Leggett & Platt, Franklin Resources and Illinois Tool Works.
The sectors these companies operate in are completely different, but what they have in common is truly impressive.
Think about what the market and economy has endured over the past 25 years. We had the dotcom crash, the great recession and wars. And through it all, these companies were not only able to maintain their dividend, but increase it yearly.
You’d think a group of dividend-paying stocks might not perform as well as the overall market. Amazon, Apple, Netflix and other top-performing growth stocks don’t make the Dividend Aristocrat cut, afterall. But that’s not the case.
In fact, Dividend Aristocrats (blue) has outperformed the S&P 500 (black) by a margin of 2-1 over the long-term:
Owning any Dividend Aristocrat is the closest thing you can find in the market to guaranteed income.
These companies can keep paying shareholders in even the worst market conditions — which means that traders can experience steady gains even when the market is flat or worse.
When looking for income from the stock market, this list of 57 stocks is the perfect starting place.
These aren’t the highest-yielding stocks in the market. Some companies pay up to 20% a year based on their current dividend and share price.
But be warned… there’s usually something wrong with these companies. When yields get that high, it usually means the shares have fallen significantly, or that the market expects a dividend cut soon.
If a yield looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Again, that’s what makes Dividend Aristocrats so appealing — they’ve proven they are well-managed companies. And to help you narrow down some of the best dividend-payers out there, I’ve put together a list of Aristocrats with the highest yields.
Right now, the S&P 500 pays a 1.74% yield, the below companies pay double or triple that.
If you’re interested in high-yield stocks, then this list is the perfect place to start.
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