Bowing to "Dividend Aristocrats"

These outfits have increased their payouts for 25 years or more, and S&P's Joseph Lisanti says they're a good bet in the current market

Look for stocks of companies that regularly increase their dividends -- that's one bit of advice in the current market from Joseph Lisanti, editor of Standard & Poor's newsletter, The Outlook. Over the history of the S&P 500-stock index, he notes, about 40% of the total return to shareholders came from dividends and their reinvestment. That general approach should continue to hold, Lisanti thinks, even though the current yield on the S&P 500 remains below 5%.

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