Dividend Aristocrats

Dividend Aristocrats

Dividend aris­to­crats are tru­ly a gift that keeps on giv­ing. They are com­pa­nies with decades-long his­to­ries of increas­ing div­i­dends. For the patient investor, it means that div­i­dend pay­outs increase to keep up with infla­tion.

The term ‘div­i­dend aris­to­crats’ gen­er­al­ly refer to larg­er US com­pa­nies, but the con­cept applies to any mar­ket.

Increasing div­i­dends com­pound over time and com­pound even faster when they are rein­vest­ed. Dividend increas­es present a pow­er­ful lens through which to look at port­fo­lio suc­cess over time. Think of annu­al div­i­dend increas­es as an annu­al raise. Are you get­ting an annu­al raise at your job? If you do, will get get it every year for the next three decades? Will the raise you get beat infla­tion? I mean, the­se rais­es are fun.

Who are the div­i­dend aris­to­crats? Sure Dividend pro­vides an updat­ed list month­ly. Sure Dividend is a site that ana­lyzes div­i­dend stocks. I refer to Sure Dividend reg­u­lar­ly for my own stock analy­sis (Elephant’s Paycheck offers edu­ca­tion, not analy­sis or rec­om­men­da­tions.) I have even had the plea­sure of writ­ing a guest post on Sure Dividend about the met­rics used in an Elephant’s Paycheck port­fo­lio.

Dividend Aristocrat Posts on Elephant’s Paycheck

canadian dividend aristocrats

Canadian dividend investors

Sep 29, 2016 

I worked with an incred­i­ble team in Montreal, and know I have read­ers and own­ers of my book in Canada. This post is for you, though I can’t take any orig­i­nal writ­ing cred­it on this one. Start with an overview of what it’s like hold­ing US com­pa­nies in a Canadian port­fo­lio. Canadian com­pa­nies that deliv­er investors annu­al div­i­dend […]

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The amazing power of dividends along with other investing truths

May 10, 2016 

I came across a very easy to read arti­cle with twelve hard truths about invest­ing and want­ed to make sure you read it. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing set of points on what peo­ple per­ceive about invest­ing tru­isms. It’s so impor­tant to be curi­ous and ques­tion the things we take for grant­ed in all parts of our lives, but espe­cial­ly when […]

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Jim Cramer talks some sense

Dec 30, 2015 

I love div­i­dends, but I make the assump­tion that peo­ple have some funds before they get start­ed. Whether the funds are the hold­ing pen where they accu­mu­late mon­ey to invest, or they have funds in their com­pa­ny 401K as their first adven­ture in invest­ing. In my book, I rec­om­mend indi­vid­u­al stocks because we’re look­ing for con­ser­v­a­tive […]

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Investing app reviews

Nov 15, 2015 

One of the bits of neg­a­tive feed­back I’ve got­ten of my book is about the tac­ti­cal how-to. Specifically, I rec­om­mend a bit of an “old school” way to get start­ed. I rec­om­mend using direct pur­chase plans. In my mind, there are three broad ways to invest: Traditional bro­ker­ages Direct pur­chase plans Apps Direct pur­chase plans vs tra­di­tion­al bro­ker­ages Traditional […]

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Sure Dividend

Sure Dividend

Aug 27, 2015 

I read a lot. A lot a lot. I tend to think of sites in one of three ways: Sites that have catchy head­li­nes and suck in traf­fic. Sites that have an inter­est­ing arti­cle or two, but that don’t com­pel the read­er to return again and again. Sites that add so much val­ues, you stop by most every day. If […]

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Dividend Aristocrats

Dividend Aristocrats

Aug 4, 2015 

It seems that Standard & Poors has changed their site to make it more dif­fi­cult (impos­si­ble?) to find the list of Dividend Aristocrats. I’ve com­piled the list, along with their tick­er sym­bols to help read­ers. Here’s the list of 52 Dividend Aristocrats as of July 2015 in a Google spread­sheet. If you have trou­ble access­ing them, […]

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safe investing plan

Reframing your investment blueprint

Jun 26, 2015 

My wife sent me this arti­cle on what makes peo­ple dis­rup­tive, said it describes me. I think it also describes a bit about what I’m doing with Elephant’s Paycheck, so thought I’d share. The insight I kept com­ing back to this quote in the arti­cle: …when he went to work at a gas sta­tion and learned […]

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Thinking about pay raises

Jun 10, 2015 

Have you got­ten a pay raise late­ly? Probably a bet­ter ques­tion is: are you work­ing at the lev­el you’re capable/trained for, or are you just grate­ful to have a job with ben­e­fits? I got a pay raise at work. It was good, rel­a­tive­ly speak­ing based on anec­do­tal evi­dence and my own per­son­al obser­va­tions. Even so, my Elephant’s […]

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Large cap dividend returns

How to beat the market

Jun 3, 2015 

Look at that dark green line. That’s where you want to be — over 30% greater returns than the next best group­ing of stocks. Notice the long time­line of this chart. When you have a long time hori­zon, and stick to your strat­e­gy, you can do real­ly well regard­less of short­er-term mar­ket dynam­ics (like the […]

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