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Deep Dive: 10 ‘Dividend Aristocrat’ stocks expected to rise up to 22% as you get paid to wait

Some may say it’s foolish to buy shares of dividend stocks when interest rates are rising. But companies that steadily increase dividend payouts have a special allure as long-term investments.

And the proof is that, last year, dividend stocks kept pace with the broader S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.66% despite the fact that the Federal Reserve had at the end of 2015 raised official rates for the first time in nine years.

In fact, as you can see in the chart below, companies that consistently raise payouts have greatly outperformed the broader market over long periods. That suggests they are worth owning, no matter the interest-rate or economic environment.

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