From 2004 through 2014, BHP Billiton grew its profits from $0.86 per share to $5.18 per share, and raised its dividend from $0.33 per share to $2.36 per share. Over that same ten-year time frame, Aflac grew its profits from $2.30 to $6.20. And Aflac grew its dividend from $0.38 per share to $1.50 per share over that same period of time. And from 2004-2014, John Deere grew its profits from $2.74 to $8.63 per share, raising the dividend from $0.53 to $2.40 over that same stretch of time. These are healthy businesses in the commodity, insurance, and manufacturing sectors that over time grow profits and raise dividends like any long-term owner would … Read the rest of this article!