There are thousands of companies in the world, who have chosen to list their shares on a stock exchange. It would take a lifelong journey, in order to learn everything there is about every one about these publicly traded companies. Fortunately, out of that large universe of investments, less than 300 represent that investment universe of dividend growth investors.
As a dividend growth investor, your goal is to select investments that can afford to increase distributions every single year. The three lists I focus my attention on include:
Dividend champions: This list is maintained by David Fish. It includes all companies which have managed to increase dividends for at least 25 years in a row. In addition, David’s list also includes Dividend Contenders, which are companies that have managed to increase dividends for at least ten years in a row. The champions and contender lists are superior to the dividend aristocrats and dividend achievers lists, because they are not excluding companies based on superficial criteria such as market capitalization or average trading volume. Therefore, they provide a more complete population of potential investment ideas for the enterprising dividend investor.