Published Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:11:00 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
Dividend growth investing is one of my "5 Ways to Beat the Market". The Dividend Aristocrats (NOBL), S&P 500 constituent companies that have successfully increased their dividends for at least 25 years have outperformed the S&P 500 on both an absolute and risk-adjusted basis over the past three decades. Over nearly thirty years, the strategy has outperformed by 2.2% per annum with roughly eighty percent of the return variability of the broad index. In each of the six down markets for the S&P 500 over the past 30 years - 1990, 2000-2002, 2008, and 2018 - the Dividend Aristocrats outperformed the market benchmark, demonstrating that part of the structural alpha delivered by this strategy is from its defensive bent.
While the Dividend Aristocrats got off to a strong start to 2019, positing a +5.6% total return through Friday's close, they have lagged the broader market as lower quality shares beaten down in the fourth quarter have rebounded more sharply. Dividend growth investors sacrifice some upside in risk-on markets to glean that better performance in risk-off markets, a tradeoff many investors are comfortable with making.
For 2019, there are four new Dividend Aristocrats. On January 24th, four new constituents were added to the Dividend Aristocrats index:
Caterpillar (CAT), the world's largest construction equipment manufacturer; Chubb (CB), the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty company; People's United Financial... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|PEOPLE'S UNITED FINANCIAL||17.53||13.6||1.29||0.70||4.04|
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