Favorites among dividend aristocrats

These quality stocks have raised their payouts annually for at least 20 years.

By TheStockAdvisors Feb 15, 2013 3:26PM
 Woman counting money copyright Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc, Blend Images, Getty ImagesBy Chuck Carlson, DRIP Investor

Low interest rates remain a positive for dividend stocks in 2013. As it becomes more difficult to generate meaningful returns from fixed-income investments, you are likely to see a transition from bonds to stocks in 2013.

In fact, I believe this transition is already taking place and will accelerate if the stock market can maintain its upward pace that we have seen so far this year.

Clarity on the tax situation is also a plus. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of seeing anyone's tax rates on dividends increasing. Nevertheless, given where dividend rates were headed without the fiscal-cliff compromise, the situation could have been much worse.

With much of the tax uncertainty on dividends removed, and many investors left unaffected by the tax changes, I expect there to be renewed interest in dividend stocks.

In addition, there's plenty of room for more dividend increases. By historical standards, the percentage of corporate profits that are being paid out to shareholders in the form of dividends is still on the low side.

Corporate America is paying out just slightly more than one-third of profits in dividends, down from the historical average of 52%. Thus, companies have plenty of flexibility to boost dividends if they so choose.

If you are looking to add quality dividend payers to your portfolio, consider stocks that S&P has coined "dividend aristocrats." These are stocks that have raised dividends annually for at least 20 years.

Some of my favorites among these dividend aristocrats are Aflac (AFL), the insurance company; American States Water (AWR), a water utility in California; and Exxon Mobil (XOM), the oil giant.

Others that merit attention from long-term investors are PepsiCo (PEP) and Procter & Gamble (PG). Both offer solid yields and ample dividend growth, and I expect both to perform better in 2013 as earnings recover.

Another common thread among these picks is that they all allow any investor to buy the first share and every share of stock directly from the company.

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Feb 16, 2013 12:06PM

Limo Pat, not to be a smart azz, just asking a question....What is a CEF ??

Energy Fund or something..??


If I don't invest in certain types of instruments or Funds, I don't always pay that much attention to..

Have not invested in Mutual Funds for over 10 years now..

And have yet to buy my first ETF..


But build our own Mutuals, with diversification in about 10 Sectors; Along with reaping the dividends I also collect the management, and trading fees....(for my work and research)

Or pay very small amounts to trade, irregardless of amounts or monetary value...? 

Feb 18, 2013 9:02AM

Learning to trade has been the answer to my dreams, and where I learned how to trade because I've never traded before is a place called Traders Superstore. These guys are great so helpful to a new trader like I was, if you get stuck with something or need help they are there to help you and very knowledgeable in trading. So I tell people stop working for somebody else and work for yourself, just learn to trade.

Feb 18, 2013 11:31AM

TRADING is a tricky thing or operation?...Usually takes years to understand some of the INs & Outs..


Then BOOM along comes a 2008 and early 2009..


Much you have learned goes out the window; Along with perceptions and money...?

Even the Big Boys and Seasoned Market people did and had to admit that....


Feb 18, 2013 10:59AM
Closed end funds....Yup heard the term before just never seen it abbreviated.....Thanks, 101
Feb 18, 2013 7:56AM
limo pat, i like your half and half plan
Feb 16, 2013 11:26AM
I have several CEF`S that pay monthly dividends.Half go for bills,and half is for fun.
Feb 15, 2013 11:40PM
Small dividends like these tired fossils aren't worth the risk. Way better off in commodities or energy dividend funds.
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