For clients seeking dividend growth, advisers have a number of ETF options based on indexes that require a minimum number of annual dividend increases. The most stringent annual increase conditions are found in products that track so-called dividend aristocrats.
For decades before the first ETF was introduced, Standard & Poor’s published an annual list of dividend aristocrats, or stocks in the S&P 500 that had increased dividends for at least 25 consecutive years. That simple list has morphed into a suite of indexes encompassing domestic, global and country-specific stocks.
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