- Since 1972, S&P 500 stocks that consistently increased their dividends returned 10.4% total return (dividends + share price appreciation) while those that did not increase their dividends returned only 8.2%.
- The 2.2% advantage of the dividend raisers would equate to an additional $1,802 per $100 invested in 1972.
- "A board that raises dividends, year in, year out, shows it is confident that the company's outlook is strong," says Rick Helm, manager of Cohen & Steers Dividend Value.
Dividends are an excellent measure of the quality-of-earnings; cash is hard to fake!
Full Disclosure: No position in the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.
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