The Dividend Kings are the best in class with respect to dividend endurance. A Dividend King is a stock with 50 or more consecutive years of dividend increases. The Dividend Kings list can be a good source for selecting dividend stocks.
Performance Dividend Kings
The performance of 2018 Dividend Kings (portfolio 1 equal-weighted) can be back-tested against the S&P 500, but this historical performance is just an indication, since the list of is “kings” changing every year and certainly not comparable to the list in 1998. The performance chart is also excluded FMCB since the historical data is not always available. Please also read the 2021 Kings update.
In general, as expected the Dividend Kings outperform the S&P 500, due to the dividend growth and “a better” worst year, making it easier to recover a draw down.
|Portfolio||Initial Balance||Final Balance||CAGR||Stdev||Best Year||Worst Year||Max. Drawdown||Sharpe Ratio||Sortino Ratio||US Mkt Correlation|
|Vanguard 500 Index Investor||$10,000||$43,250||7.34%||14.75%||32.18%||-37.02%||-50.97%||0.43||0.61||0.99|
Dividend Kings Analysis
Here is the list of Dividend Kings per sector:
- Stepan (SCL)
- The Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL)
- Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL)
- The Coca-Cola Company (KO)
- Lancaster Colony (LANC)
- Procter & Gamble (PG)
- Tootsie Roll Industries (TR)
- Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
- ABM Industries (ABM)
- Dover Corporation (DOV)
- Emerson Electric (EMR)
- 3M Company (MMM)
- Nordson (NDSN)
- Parker Hannifin (PH)
- Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)
- Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRT)
- American States Water (AWR)
- California Water Service (CWT)
- Northwest Natural Gas (NWN)
- SJW Group (SJW)
- Vectren (VVC)
Highest Dividend Yield
If one is looking for best of both worlds: dividend growth and a good dividend yield, here is an overview of the top 10 dividend kings by current yield (03/15/2019)
|Procter & Gamble Company (The)||PG||3.43%|
|Coca-Cola Company (The)||KO||3.39%|
|Federal Realty Investment Trust||FRT||3.15%|
|Genuine Parts Company||GPC||2.83%|
|Northwest Natural Gas Company||NWN||2.76%|
|Cincinnati Financial Corporation||CINF||2.73%|
|Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||2.58%|
Other Sources of Dividend Investment Ideas
The Dividend Aristocrats list is not the only way to quickly screen for businesses that regularly pay rising dividends.
- The Dividend Kings List is even more exclusive than the Dividend Aristocrats. It is comprised of less than 20 businesses with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The MoneyInvestExpert Defensive Aristocrats is a performance-based top-10 selection of the Dividend Aristocrats to outperform the market on the long-term.
- Portfolio lists like the Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio or Bill Gates’stock portfolio can be a source.
- For the European focused investors there is also the list of European Dividend Aristocrats.
- Dividend Champions are not necessarily members of the S&P 500 index, have increased their dividend for 25 or more consecutive years.
- 100+ years of dividend, the list of stocks that pay over 100 year of dividend can be an list of inspiration.
Next to selecting the right dividend stocks, important principles for successful long-term investing are Disciple, Diversification, Defensive & indeed Dividend. Read more about this in our free e-book.
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