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Dividend Danger Zone: 3 Aristocrats On The Brink Of A Payout Cut

Dividend Aristocrats are stocks that are members of the S&P 500 index and have raised their dividend payouts yearly for 25 years or more. It’s an exclusive list of companies. Of the thousands of stocks on the market, only 68 made the cut.

That shows just how difficult it is. Yet, becoming a Dividend Aristocrat doesn’t mean a stock will always be one. Earlier this year, Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) was forced to cut its dividend to conserve cash. Before that, VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) slashed its payout by 70%. Both stocks were booted from the list.

Here are three Dividend Aristocrats to avoid. They pose the greatest risk of cutting their dividend. Although they might not, as companies go to great lengths to maintain their status, a close inspection shows why these stocks are in danger of doing so.

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