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I. S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats
These stocks are the best of the best – the blue blood stocks. S&P maintains the list. Here is a description from their site:
S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats is designed to measure the performance of S&P 500 index constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. This index is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats index series.
II. US Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index
This index is maintained by Idxis. Here is the description from their website:
Select US companies with at least ten consecutive years of increasing regular dividends. US companies must be listed on the NYSE, AMEX or NASDAQ. US Companies must have a minimum average daily cash volume of US$500,000 per day for the November and December prior to each Annual Reconstitution Date.
III. The U.S. Dividend Champions
This list is maintained by Dave Fish of MoneyPaper is regularly updated and located at the The Drip Investing Resource Center. Here is a description from the spreadsheet:
The initial goal was to identify companies that had increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years, but, as explained below, the definition was broadened to include additional companies that had paid higher dividends without having increased the quarterly payout in every calendar year. I also decided to follow companies that had increased their dividend for 20-24 straight years, since they are likely to join the 25-year “Champions” soon. It was also necessary to resolve discrepancies between the streak claimed by the company and information from outside sources, which is why the “(Per Company)” sub-title is included.
Printable list here, under U.S. Dividend Champions, includes Challengers, those companies paying and increasing dividends at least five years, but not yet ten.