- S&P Europe 350® Dividend Aristocrats® measure the performance of S&P Europe 350 constituents that have followed a policy of consistently increasing dividends every year for at least 10 consecutive years.
- The index benchmark is the S&P Europe 350 index
- Like the (US) Dividend Aristocrats “big brother”, the European Dividend Aristocrats also tend to outperform its benchmark, lower volatility, and annual risk.
- By showing the recent performance of the European Dividend Aristocrats, some active dividend growth investors may be able to identify potential bargains.
Despite slowing growth in the Eurozone, prolonged uncertainty over Britain’s exit from the E.U., and global trade conflicts, European equities can look back on their best year since 2009; the benchmark S&P Europe 350 rose 2% in December to finish 2019 with a total return of 27%. All European sectors finished 2019 in the green. Information Technology and Industrials led the way up, gaining 36% and 37%, respectively.
The European Dividend Aristocrats index total return was up 2.18% for December 2019. Based on the full-year total return of 27.38%, versus 27.24% for the benchmark, the European Dividend Aristocrats are almost on par. The chart below displays the historical performance of the European Dividend Aristocrats since 2010.
European dividend aristocrats performance
The table below lists all European Dividend Aristocrats companies sorted descending by dividend yield and lists closing price per end of the month (12/31/2019), dividend yield.
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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