When searching for great dividend stocks to buy, there are many places one could start. However, we prefer the strategy of buying those that have demonstrated histories of raising their dividends. Stocks that have longevity have stood the test of time, competitive threats, recessions and technological changes to continue raising their cash distributions to shareholders every year.
One of the best places to find stocks with dividend longevity is within the list of Dividend Aristocrats. This is a group of just 65 stocks that are S&P 500 components and have raised their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. Better still, we can narrow this list of excellent dividend stocks to just those with yields above 4%.
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