Deep Dive: ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks post almost double the returns of the S&P 500 in 2016

Boards of directors that consistently reward investors with higher dividends don’t get enough praise.

While Amazon AMZN, +0.72% Oracle ORCL, -0.07% and Facebook FB, +0.81% are lauded for their genius-level CEOs and innovative business models, companies that keep raising dividend payouts year after year really enrich investors in the long run, and can be excellent performers within a diversified portfolio.

U.S. companies that have raised their regular dividends on common shares for at least 25 years are included in the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index SPDAUDP, -0.03% It doesn’t matter how high a stock’s current yield is, just that the dividend continues to rise.

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