Top dividend stocks offer dependable long-term income, acting as an effective hedge against inflation. They outperform non-dividend stocks, with S&P 500 dividend growth stocks providing twice the return of non-dividend paying stocks from 1973 to 2022. Indeed, that’s a significant amount of time, suggesting dividend growth really matters for long-term investing returns.
Investors who reinvest their dividends can compound the returns of these high-growth stocks, contributing to greater portfolio performance. Of course, investors ought to be cautious, as strong dividend income does not guarantee profitability. A steadily declining stock price can offset dividend gains.
That said, there are plenty of steady, stable dividend growth stocks worth buying. Here are three that I think outshine the rest.
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