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These companies are at the tops of their industries. They gush free cash flow and pay out ever-increasing dividends like clockwork. Some of these companies have grown their dividends for 40 years in a row.
But I realize many of you doubt the wisdom of owning these stocks. So today, I’m going to show you why dividend growth stocks are the closest to a sure thing that exists in the stock market. They’re the only source of return you can count on to rise every year. They’re unbeatable investments.
I’ve told you about this many times. But now I’d like to show you…
Let’s start with retail dominator Wal-Mart (WMT). Take a look at Wal-Mart’s dividend growth over the last 10 years…
It’s relentless. Wal-Mart’s dividend has grown every year, year after year, through the biggest housing boom and bust in history… the worst financial disaster in American history… Federal Reserve inflation… higher food prices… terrorist attacks… two recessions… $150 oil… and $1,500 gold.
Through all of it, Wal-Mart has continued to grow its business and dividend payment by 18% per year. At that rate, if you buy today, you’ll earn a double-digit yield over your original cost within eight years.
Let’s look at another example: World Dominating Dividend Grower Medtronic (MDT). Medtronic’s dividend goes up every year, like all the other World Dominating Dividend Growers.
It’s been paying a dividend since 1974, and it has raised that dividend every year for 32 years in a row. Its dividend has grown 18.4% per year for the last 10 years. If that growth continues, in 10 years, you’ll be earning 13.6% in dividends.
Now let’s compare that to the performance of the S&P 500 as a whole. The chart below tracks the average dividend paid out by S&P 500 stocks over the same 10-year period…
It’s not bad. The average dividend payment is up overall during the period. But when things got tough in 2008 and 2009, many companies slashed their dividends. And now, the S&P 500 is paying about the same amount as it paid in 2006.
Five years of dividend growth was wiped out of existence. If you were depending on dividends from the average stock as a source of income, you took a heavy pay cut.
But while most companies cut or eliminated their dividends, Wal-Mart and Medtronic continued to raise their dividends by double digits every year.
The bottom line is, the market can’t promise you growing income. It can’t even promise you steady income. Only the World Dominating Dividend Growers can.
They’re the best investments around. And if you’re investing for income, they’ll beat the stock market, year after year.
–Dan Ferris Source: DailyWealth
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