Our 2018 Dividend Aristocrats list contains all the S&P 500 dividend stocks that have consistently raised dividends for at least 25 years.
There are currently 53 stocks that make the cut, all of which are high quality. These stocks 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.
If you haven’t already, be sure to investigate our full analysis 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. As a dividend investor you can understand why these companies make it on to this list.
Dividend Aristocrats List 2018:
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
The stocks on the dividend aristocrats list can be found within one of two ETFs that trade around the same criteria as we have listed above, you can read more about these: