Dividend investing is intentionally including the concept that a company actively considers the dividend as part of their annual bills or responsibilities. Some dividend investors looking for consistency while others are looking for growth. Personally, I prefer companies who have increased their dividend over multiple economic conditions.
For me, stock indexes and/or stock lists provide either a starting point for my research or an investment opportunity if a particular fund invests in that list or index. Each time I have written a post about my Dividend Investment Portfolio I indicated that I use the Dividend Aristocrats as a starting point. I let Standard and Poors do the work for me eliminating probably close to 98% of the listed companies in the country using the following criteria: Be a member of the S&P 500 index Have increased dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years Have a float adjusted [...]