The Best Companies That Grow Their Dividends

I wanted to provide a list of factors to consider when searching for the best companies that grow their dividends over the long haul. I recommend placing a primary emphasis on per share earnings growth and sales growth, and also examining debt, share count dilution, and payout ratios as part of your analysi

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It is not a requirement, but companies that grow their dividends over long periods of time tend to belong to non-cyclical industries that don’t experience many dips in profit.

The pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has grown its dividend annually since 1963, and has never quit its payout to shareholders at any point in its publicly traded history. What makes this possible? Earnings never collapse to force a dividend cut.

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Dividend Investing: A Seven Step Guide

Dividend investing for intermediate and serious investors has been the topic of my blog since I started it in 2013. I love the slowness during the last week of the year because it lets you step back and get philosophical about the big picture of what you’re trying to accomplish. As a service to new readers, I thought I would create a seven-step guide to dividend investing to offer as much of my condensed investing philosophy in a short period of time as I can.

Step 1: Determine whether dividend investing best fits your circumstances.

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REIT IRA Investing In 2017

If you are looking for something that will throw off large amounts of income over the next decade, the possibility of stuffing your IRA with shares of the real estate investment trust W.P. Carey (WPC) seems like one of the smartest decisions you can make to get some passive income flowing. There is also the psychic reward of knowing those cash dividends would require taxation at ordinary income rates if held in a taxable brokerage account but can build up undisturbed if held in an individual retirement account. Theis ability to elide taxation is a reason why I consider attractive REITs to be an ideal retirement holding–a good chunk of the total return comes from cash dividends, and the gusher really opens up when you let the share count increase for years and years.

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