The Dividend Aristocrats list contains all the S&P 500 stocks that have consistently raised their dividends for at least 25 years. Currently there are 50 stocks that make the cut, all of which are high quality, have large moats that have allowed them to continue to prosper during all points of the business cycle, even raising dividends during times of recession. The dividend aristocrats list is a great source to begin further research into high quality investments, or you may prefer to buy all of these stocks in a basket. This can be done via an ETF, we have compared both available Dividend Aristocrats ETF products, which will help you select the best one for you. View detailed information on the top 10 high yield dividend aristocrats.
Read our full analysis for more information on the Dividend Aristocrats, which covers historical out-performance against the S&P 500, sector breakdowns, and has a free spreadsheet with all the key metrics for dividend investors. The analysis covers not only important dividend information such as yield, payout ratios, and ex-dividend dates, but also covers dividend risk metrics that can help you spot a dividend that may be at risk of a cut in the future.
Dividend Aristocrats List February 2017:
Dividend Aristocrats List September 2016:
The Dividend Aristocrats list is broken into sectors to show what industry the majority of the company’s business operates in. As seen above, the majority of stocks are in the consumer staples sector as well as good representation from materials, consumer discretionary, financials, health care, and industrials. There are various reasons the list is weighted to these industries:
- Commodity companies are cyclical by nature and tend to cut dividends during troughs
- Information technology and even Telecom are relatively new industries, also technology based companies can be displaced much easier when new technologies come along, as we have seen countless times
- Utility companies tend to be very stable, which is great for paying a stable dividend but not for an increasing dividend