Kiplinger | April 30, 2019
James K. Glassman says that investing in dividend paying stocks is a "terrific strategy," pointing out that the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index has outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 10 years. He argues that dividends can "provide a buffer in difficult times," stating that in 2008 the S&P 500 lost 37% while the Dividend Aristocrats lost 21.9%. Companies that raised their dividends performed well because they have distinct competitive advantage, conservative management and consistent payouts. He features NOBL, which focuses exclusively on companies in the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index that have grown dividends for a minimum of 25 consecutive years. In addition, he suggests REGL and SMDV for small- and mid-cap dividend growth opportunities. See NOBL, REGL and SMDV performance. See NOBL index holdings.
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