Article updated on March 1st, 2023 by Bob Ciura
Spreadsheet data updated daily
The Dividend Aristocrats are a select group of 68 S&P 500 stocks with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
They are the ‘best of the best’ dividend growth stocks. The Dividend Aristocrats have a long history of outperforming the market.
The requirements to be a Dividend Aristocrat are:
- Be in the S&P 500
- Have 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases
- Meet certain minimum size & liquidity requirements
There are currently 68 Dividend Aristocrats. You can download an Excel spreadsheet of all 68 (with metrics that matter such as dividend yields and price-to-earnings ratios) by clicking the link below:
Disclaimer: Sure Dividend is not affiliated with S&P Global in any way. S&P Global owns and maintains The Dividend Aristocrats Index. The information in this article and downloadable spreadsheet is based on Sure Dividend’s own review, summary, and analysis of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) and other sources, and is meant to help individual investors better understand this ETF and the index upon which it is based. None of the information in this article or spreadsheet is official data from S&P Global. Consult S&P Global for official information.
Note: On January 24th, 2023 CH Robinson Worldwide (CHRW), Nordson (NDSN), and J.M. Smucker (SJM) were added to the Dividend Aristocrats with no deletions, leaving 68 Dividend Aristocrats.
Note: On February 7th, V.F. Corp. (VFC) announced a dividend cut. VFC will be excluded when S&P announces the 2024 changes.
Source: S&P News Releases.
You can see detailed analysis on all 68 further below in this article, in our Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Series. Analysis includes valuation, growth, and competitive advantage(s).
Table of Contents
- How To Use The Dividend Aristocrats List To Find Dividend Investment Ideas
- Performance of the Dividend Aristocrats
- Sector Overview
- The Top 7 Dividend Aristocrats Now
- Dividend Aristocrats Analysis (The Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Series)
- Historical Dividend Aristocrats List (1989 – 2023)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Final Thoughts
How to Use The Dividend Aristocrats List To Find Dividend Investment Ideas
The downloadable Dividend Aristocrats Excel Spreadsheet List above contains the following for each stock in the index:
- Price-to-earnings ratio
- Dividend yield
- Market capitalization
All Dividend Aristocrats are high-quality businesses based on their long dividend histories. A company cannot pay rising dividends for 25+ years without having a strong and durable competitive advantage.
But not all Dividend Aristocrats make equally good investments today. That’s where the spreadsheet in this article comes into play. You can use the Dividend Aristocrats spreadsheet to quickly find quality dividend investment ideas.
The list of all 68 Dividend Aristocrats is valuable because it gives you a concise list of all S&P 500 stocks with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases (that also meet certain minimum size and liquidity requirements).
These are businesses that have both the desire and ability to pay shareholders rising dividends year-after-year. This is a rare combination.
Together, these two criteria are powerful – but they are not enough. Value must be considered as well.
The spreadsheet above allows you to sort by trailing price-to-earnings ratio so you can quickly find undervalued, high-quality dividend stocks.
Here’s how to use the Dividend Aristocrats list to quickly find high-quality dividend growth stocks potentially trading at a discount:
- Download the list
- Sort by ‘Trailing PE Ratio,’ smallest to largest
- Research the top stocks further
Here’s how to do this quickly in the spreadsheet:
Step 1: Download the list, and open it.
Step 2: Apply a filter function to each column in the spreadsheet.
Step 3: Click on the small gray down arrow next to ‘Trailing P/E Ratio’, and then sort smallest to largest.
Step 4: Review the highest ranked Dividend Aristocrats before investing. You can see detailed analysis on every Dividend Aristocrat found below in this article.
That’s it; you can follow the same procedure to sort by any other metric in the spreadsheet.
This article examines the characteristics and performance of the Dividend Aristocrats in detail. Click here for a table of contents for easy navigation of this article.
Performance Of The Dividend Aristocrats
In February 2023, the Dividend Aristocrats, as measured by the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL), registered a -2.5% negative total return. It underperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) for the month.
- NOBL generated negative total returns of -2.5% in February 2023
- SPY generated negative total returns of -2.3% in February 2023
Short-term performance is mostly noise. Performance should be measured over a minimum of 3 years, and preferably longer periods of time.
The Dividend Aristocrats Index has matched the broader market index over the last decade, with a 12.2% total annual return for the Dividend Aristocrats and for the S&P 500 Index.
The Dividend Aristocrats have exhibited lower risk than the benchmark, as measured by standard deviation.
Source: S&P Fact Sheet
Higher total returns with lower volatility is the ‘holy grail’ of investing. It is worth exploring the characteristics of the Dividend Aristocrats in detail to determine why they have performed so well.
Note that a good portion of the outperformance relative to the S&P 500 comes during recessions (2000 – 2002, 2008). Dividend Aristocrats have historically seen smaller drawdowns during recessions versus the S&P 500. This makes holding through recessions that much easier. Case-in-point: In 2008 the Dividend Aristocrats Index declined 22%. That same year, the S&P 500 declined 38%.
Great businesses with strong competitive advantages tend to be able to generate stronger cash flows during recessions. This allows them to gain market share while weaker businesses fight to stay alive.
The Dividend Aristocrats Index has beaten the market over the last 28 years…
We believe dividend paying stocks outperform non-dividend paying stocks for three reasons:
- A company that pays dividends is likely to be generating earnings or cash flows so that it can pay dividends to shareholders. This excludes ‘pre-earnings’ start-ups and failing businesses. In short, it excludes the riskiest stocks.
- A business that pays consistent dividends must be more selective with the growth projects it takes on because a portion of its cash flows are being paid out as dividends. Scrutinizing over capital allocation decisions likely adds to shareholder value.
- Stocks that pay dividends are willing to reward shareholders with cash payments. This is a sign that management is shareholder friendly.
In our view, Dividend Aristocrats have historically outperformed the market and other dividend paying stocks because they are, on average, higher-quality businesses.
A high-quality business should outperform a mediocre business over a long period of time, all other things being equal.
For a business to increase its dividends for 25+ consecutive years, it must have or at least had in the very recent past a strong competitive advantage.
A sector breakdown of the Dividend Aristocrats Index is shown below:
The top 2 sectors by weight in the Dividend Aristocrats are Industrials and Consumer Staples. The Dividend Aristocrats Index is tilted toward Consumer Staples and Industrials relative to the S&P 500.
These 2 sectors make up ~40% of the Dividend Aristocrats Index, but less than 20% of the S&P 500.
The Dividend Aristocrats Index is also significantly underweight the Information Technology sector, with a ~4% allocation compared with over 20% allocation within the S&P 500.
The Dividend Aristocrat Index is filled with stable ‘old economy’ blue chip consumer products businesses and manufacturers; the 3M’s (MMM), Coca-Cola’s (KO), and Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) of the investing world.
These ‘boring’ businesses aren’t likely to generate 20%+ earnings-per-share growth, but they also are very unlikely to see large earnings drawdowns as well.
The Top 7 Dividend Aristocrats Now
Analysis on our top 7 Dividend Aristocrats is below. These rankings are based on 5 year forward expected total return estimates from the Sure Analysis Research Database.
Dividend Aristocrat #7: Sysco Corp. (SYY)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 11.4%
Sysco Corporation is the largest wholesale food distributor in the United States that serves 600,000 locations with food delivery, including restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels, and other facilities. According to estimates, the company has a ~16% market share of total food delivery within the United States.
Source: Investor Presentation
On January 31st, Sysco reported quarterly results. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.80 missed estimates by $0.04, while revenue of $18.59 billion was in-line with estimates. Sales increased 13.9% versus the same period in fiscal year 2022. U.S. Foodservice volume increased 5.2% versus the same period in fiscal year 2022 while gross profit increased 15.9% to $3.3 billion year-over-year.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Sysco (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #6: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 11.7%
Johnson & Johnson is a global healthcare giant. The company currently operates three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices & Diagnostics. The corporation includes some 250 subsidiary companies with operations in 60 countries and products sold in over 175 countries.
The company’s most recent earnings report was delivered on January 24th, 2023 for the fourth quarter and full year. For the fourth quarter, adjusted EPS of $2.35 beat by $0.11, while revenue of $23.7 billion missed slightly.
Full-year results can be seen in the image below:
Source: Investor Presentation
For 2023, the company expects 4% adjusted operational sales growth (excluding the COVID-19 vaccine) and 3.5% adjusted earnings-per-share growth.
Johnson & Johnson’s key competitive advantage is the size and scale of its business. The company is a worldwide leader in several healthcare categories. Johnson & Johnson’s diversification allows it to continue to grow even if one of the segments is underperforming.
The company has increased its dividend for 60 consecutive years, making it a Dividend King. The stock is owned by many well-known money managers. For example, J&J is a Kevin O’Leary dividend stock.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on JNJ (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #5: Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 12.1%
Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Expeditors’ services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time definite transportation services, order management, warehousing and distribution, and customized logistics solutions. The company has been growing its dividend for 27 consecutive years.
On November 8th, 2022, EXPD reported third-quarter and nine months results for Fiscal Year (FY)2022. The company had another outstanding quarter. All products performed well for the quarter. This was the strongest second quarter in the company’s history, even while its air and ocean volumes were soft compared to a year ago. Revenues saw an increase of 1%, from $4.3 billion in 3Q21 to $4.4 billion for 3Q22. Operating income increase 8% year-over-year.
Earnings per share beat estimates by $0.55 per share to $2.54 per share. This is an increase of 22% compared to earnings per share in the third quarter of 2021. For the nine months, sales were up 22% versus the same nine months of 2021. Net earnings were also up 18% compared to the nine months of 2021. Thus, the company saw an increase in earnings per share of 22%.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on EXPD (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #4: Lowe’s Companies (LOW)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 13.3%
Lowe’s Companies is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the US (after Home Depot). The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Mooresville, NC. Lowe’s operates or services about 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Lowe’s reported third quarter 2022 results on November 16th. Total sales for the third quarter came in at $23.5 billion compared to $22.9 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Comparable sales increased 2.2%, while the U.S. home improvement comparable sales increased 3.0%. Of note, pro customer sales rose 19% year-over-year.
The company took a $2.1 billion pre-tax non-cash asset impairment charge related to its Canadian retail business. The sale of the Canadian retail business is expected to close in early 2023. Adjusted net earnings, which excludes this significant impairment charge, rose 19.8% year-over-year to $3.27 per share.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Lowe’s (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #3: Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 13.5%
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy in the United States and Europe. The company has a presence in more than nine countries through its flagship Walgreens business and other business ventures.
Walgreens’ earnings-per-share grew at a CAGR of 7.6% over the past decade, powered by growing revenues and a declining share count. This was driven by a combination of factors, including solid top-line growth ($72 billion to $133 billion), a steady net profit margin, and a reduction in the number of outstanding shares.
Source: Investor Presentation
On January 5th, 2023, Walgreens reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2023. Sales dipped -1.5% and adjusted earnings-per-share slumped -31% over the prior year’s quarter, from $1.68 to $1.16, mostly due to high COVID-19 vaccinations in the prior year’s period. Earnings-per-share exceeded analysts’ consensus by $0.02.
The company has beaten analysts’ estimates for 10 consecutive quarters. However, as the pandemic has subsided, Walgreens is facing tough comparisons. It thus reaffirmed its guidance for earnings-per-share of $4.45-$4.65 in fiscal 2023, implying a -10% decrease at the mid-point.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Walgreens Boots Alliance (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #2: 3M Company (MMM)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 15.5%
3M sells more than 60,000 products that are used every day in homes, hospitals, office buildings and schools around the world. It has about 95,000 employees and serves customers in more than 200 countries.
3M is now composed of four separate divisions. The Safety & Industrial division produces tapes, abrasives, adhesives and supply chain management software as well as manufactures personal protective gear and security products.
The Healthcare segment supplies medical and surgical products as well as drug delivery systems. Transportation & Electronics division produces fibers and circuits with a goal of using renewable energy sources while reducing costs. The Consumer division sells office supplies, home improvement products, protective materials and stationary supplies.
Source: Investor Presentation
The company also announced that it would be spinning off its Health Care segment into a standalone entity, which would have had $8.6 billion of revenue in 2021. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2023.
On January 24th, 2023, 3M reported announced earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year for the period ending December 31st, 2022. For the quarter, revenue declined 5.9% to $8.1 billion, but was $10 million more than expected. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $2.28 compared to $2.31 in the prior year and was $0.11 less than projected.
For 2022, revenue decreased 3% to $34.2 billion. Adjusted earnings-per-share for the period totaled $10.10, which compared unfavorably to $10.12 in the previous year and was at the low end of the company’s guidance.
Organic growth for the quarter was 1.2%. Health Care, Transportation & Electronics, and Safety & Industrial grew 1.9%, 1.4%, and 1.3%, respectively. Consumer fell 5.7%. The company will cut 2,500 manufacturing jobs. 3M provided an outlook for 2023, with the company expecting adjusted earnings-per-share in a range of $8.50 to $9.00.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on 3M (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
Dividend Aristocrat #1: Albemarle Corporation (ALB)
- 5-year Expected Annual Returns: 22.0%
Albemarle is the largest producer of lithium and second largest producer of bromine in the world. The two products account for nearly two-thirds of annual sales. Albemarle produces lithium from its salt brine deposits in the U.S. and Chile. The company has two joint ventures in Australia that also produce lithium. Albemarle’s Chile assets offer a very low-cost source of lithium.
The company operates in nearly 100 countries and is composed of four segments: Lithium & Advanced Materials (49% of sales), Bromine Specialties (21% of sales), Catalysts (21% of sales) and Other (9% of sales). Albemarle produces annual sales of more than $7.5 billion.
Source: Investor Presentation
Albemarle produces annual sales of $7.3 billion. It is one of the top lithium stocks.
On February 15th, 2023, Albemarle announced fourth quarter results for the period ending December 31st 2022. For the quarter, revenue grew 193% to $2.62 billion and was $10 million more than expected. Adjusted earnings-per-share of $9.60 compared very favorably to $1.01 in the prior year and was $0.44 above estimates.
For the year, revenue grew 120% to $7.3 billion while adjusted earnings-per-share totaled $22.84 compared to $4.05 in the prior year. For the quarter, revenue for Lithium grew 410.4% to $2.1 billion, due to a 328% improvement in pricing and an 82% increase in volume due to renegotiated contracts, an increase in market pricing, and expansion at the company’s facilities in Chile.
Albemarle completed its acquisition of a lithium conversion plant in China at the end of October of 2022 that should add to results going forward.
Click here to download our most recent Sure Analysis report on Albemarle (preview of page 1 of 3 shown below):
The Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Analysis Series
You can see analysis on every single Dividend Aristocrat below. Each is sorted by GICS sectors and listed in alphabetical order by name. The newest Sure Analysis Research Database report for each security is included as well.
- Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Amcor (AMCR) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Brown-Forman (BF-B) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Colgate-Palmolive (CL) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Church & Dwight (CHD) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Clorox (CLX) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Coca-Cola (KO) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Hormel Foods (HRL) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- J.M. Smucker (SJM) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Kimberly-Clark (KMB) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- McCormick & Company (MKC) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- PepsiCo (PEP) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Procter & Gamble (PG) [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Sysco Corporation (SYY) [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Walmart (WMT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- A.O. Smith (AOS) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Cintas (CTAS) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Dover (DOV) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Emerson Electric (EMR) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Expeditors International (EXPD) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Illinois Tool Works (ITW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- 3M (MMM) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Nordson Corporation (NDSN) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Pentair (PNR) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Roper Technologies (ROP) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- W.W. Grainger (GWW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- General Dynamics (GD) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Caterpillar (CAT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Abbott Laboratories (ABT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- AbbVie (ABBV) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Becton, Dickinson & Company (BDX) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Cardinal Health (CAH) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Medtronic (MDT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- West Pharmaceutical Services (WST) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Genuine Parts Company (GPC) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Leggett & Platt (LEG) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Lowe’s Companies (LOW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- McDonald’s (MCD) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Target (TGT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Aflac (AFL) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Brown & Brown (BRO) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Cincinnati Financial (CINF) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Franklin Resources (BEN) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- S&P Global (SPGI) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- T. Rowe Price Group (TROW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Chubb (CB) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Air Products and Chemicals (APD) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Albemarle (ALB) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Ecolab (ECL) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- PPG Industries (PPG) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Sherwin-Williams (SHW) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Nucor (NUE) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Linde (LIN) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Chevron (CVX) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Automatic Data Processing (ADP) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- International Business Machines (IBM) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Essex Property Trust (ESS) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Realty Income (O) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Atmos Energy (ATO) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- Consolidated Edison (ED) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
- NextEra Energy (NEE) | [See newest Sure Analysis report]
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Historical Dividend Aristocrats List
(1989 – 2023)
The image below shows the history of the Dividend Aristocrats Index from 1989 through 2023:
Note: CL, GPC, and NUE were all removed and re-added to the Dividend Aristocrats Index through the historical period analyzed above. We are unsure as to why. Companies created via a spin-off (like AbbVie) can be Dividend Aristocrats with less than 25 years of rising dividends if the parent company was a Dividend Aristocrat.
This information was compiled from the following sources:
- 1989 – 1991: Dividend Growth Investor
- 1992 – 2015: NOBL Index Historical Constituents
- 2016: Sure Dividend update
- 2017 – 2023: Data from S&P press releases
Frequently Asked Questions
This section will address some of most common questions investors have regarding the Dividend Aristocrats.
1. What is the highest-paying Dividend Aristocrat?
Answer: MMM currently yields 5.6%.
2. What is the difference between the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Kings?
Answer: The Dividend Aristocrats must be constituents of the S&P 500 Index, have raised their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years, and satisfy a number of liquidity requirements. The Dividend Kings only need to have raised their dividends for at least 50 consecutive years.
3. Is there an ETF that tracks the Dividend Aristocrats?
Answer: Yes, the Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL) is an exchange-traded fund that specifically holds the Dividend Aristocrats. For a more detailed analysis of dividend ETFs, click here.
4. What is the difference between the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Champions?
Answer: The Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions share one requirement, which is that a company must have raised its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.
But like the Dividend Kings, the Dividend Champions do not need to be in the S&P 500 Index, nor satisfy the various liquidity requirements.
5. Which Dividend Aristocrat has the longest active streak of annual dividend increases?
Currently, there are 4 Dividend Aristocrats tied at 66 years: Procter & Gamble, Genuine Parts, 3M Company, and Dover Corporation.
6. What is the average dividend yield of the Dividend Aristocrats?
Right now, the average dividend yield of the 68 Dividend Aristocrats is 2.4%.
7. Are the Dividend Aristocrats safe investments?
While there are never any guarantees when it comes to the stock market, we believe the Dividend Aristocrats are among the safest dividend stocks when it comes to the sustainability of their dividend payouts.
The Dividend Aristocrats have durable competitive advantages that allow them to raise their dividends each year, even during a recession.
Other Dividend Lists & Final Thoughts
The Dividend Aristocrats list is not the only way to quickly screen for stocks that regularly pay rising dividends.
- The High Yield Dividend Aristocrats List is comprised of the 20 Dividend Aristocrats with the highest current yields.
- The Dividend Achievers List is comprised of ~350 stocks with 10+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The Dividend Kings List is even more exclusive than the Dividend Aristocrats. It is comprised of 48 stocks with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The High Yield Dividend Kings List is comprised of the 20 Dividend Kings with the highest current yields.
- The Blue Chip Stocks List: stocks that qualify as Dividend Achievers, Dividend Aristocrats, and/or Dividend Kings
- The High Dividend Stocks List: stocks that appeal to investors interested in the highest yields of 5% or more.
- The Monthly Dividend Stocks List: stocks that pay dividends every month, for 12 dividend payments per year.
- The Dividend Champions List: stocks that have increased their dividends for 25+ consecutive years.
Note: Not all Dividend Champions are Dividend Aristocrats because Dividend Aristocrats have additional requirements like being in The S&P 500.
- The Dividend Contenders List: 10-24 consecutive years of dividend increases.
- The Dividend Challengers List: 5-9 consecutive years of dividend increases.
There is nothing magical about the Dividend Aristocrats. They are ‘just’ a collection of high-quality shareholder friendly stocks that have strong competitive advantages.
Purchasing these types of stocks at fair or better prices and holding for the long-run will likely result in favorable long-term performance.
You have a choice in what type of business you buy into. You can buy into the mediocre, or the excellent.
Often, excellent businesses are not more expensive (based on their price-to-earnings ratio) than mediocre businesses.
“When we own portions of outstanding businesses with outstanding managements, our favorite holding period is forever.”