Dividend increases, in normal times, are a commonplace occurrence that you can read about by the dozens every week.
But these aren’t normal times.
The COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdowns have forced many businesses into survival mode, looking for ways for to preserve cash and ride out the economic storm. In fact, during the month of April, S&P 500 components announced more dividend cuts and suspensions than they did dividend increases. Smaller companies outside the blue-chip index suffered the same fate, with dozens reducing or eliminating their payout programs altogether.
But if dividend hikes are a sign of fiscal strength during normal times, they’re a downright bold statement when they’re made in the middle of a recession. And some companies have indeed provided payout growth throughout the past couple of months – many of them with longstanding streaks, including several members of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats that have improved their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years.
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