It’s probably no surprise that in the last year I’ve been buying some blue chip companies with a solid history of dividends. Dividend investing is one of those long term investing strategies that has, for the most part, fallen out of favor after the fantastic dot-com craze, crash, and subsequent bull market that saw the Dow at 14,000 before it crashed to the mid-6000s in the depths of the economic panic. Throughout that time the Dividend Aristocrats, stocks that have paid and raised their dividend in 25 consecutive years, and the Dividend Champions, stocks that have paid a constant or rising dividend for 50 years, have maintained their dividend like clockwork.
Through dividend increases, many a billionaire’s fortune have been built (Warren Buffet’s annual dividend from his shares of Washington Post and Coca Cola exceed his investment).
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