The image below shows what corporations are included in the Dividend Aristocrat index year by year since 1989. The criteria for inclusion in the Dividend Aristocrat index are:
- Be a Member of the S&P500
- 25+ years of increasing dividends
- Meet minimum float adjusted market cap and liquidity requirements (see S&P for more info).
Dividend Aristocrats: 1989 to 2014
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This information was compiled from various secondary sources. They are listed below:
1989 – 2004: Dividend Growth Investor
2005: Crossing Wall Street
2006: Achieving Prosperity: A Realistic, Ethical Guide to Building Wealth by Todd Lipscomb
2007: Seeking Alpha
2008: Five Cent Nickel
2009: S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats, December 2008, page 12
2010: S&P500 Dividend Aristocrats, January 2010
2011: Dividend Growth Investor
2013: The Passive Income Earner
2014: Dividend Aristocrat Stocks
I could not find original sources for most years. There may be transcription errors. In a later post I will analyze why each stock was removed from the list, and tackle oddities like removing and adding back NUE.