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Finding Value In The Dividend Aristocrats List

Since the last bull market after the financial crisis, many companies that traditionally never paid dividends began doing so when earnings started improving. I posit that this trend happened for a number of reasons: companies were hesitant to make serious capital investments and ended up piling up excess cash and some companies wanted to attract income investors to their stock who otherwise would not have given them a look. Now it seems that everyone is paying a dividend. For investors who neglect to do their homework and evaluate the long record of a company's dividend history, the quality dividend payers seem indistinguishable from the rest. This is where the S&P 500 Aristocrats group comes…