The Crème de la Crème of Dividend Aristocracy

While, as today’s article notes, “The only way for a stock to increase its dividend for 25 or more consecutive years is for it to have a strong and durable competitive advantage”, that doesn’t mean that all 57 stocks that currently make up the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrat Index are good buys today. The authors single out ten stocks from the index that they assess to be the top Dividend Aristocrats today based on expected future total returns. For more, CLICK HERE.

30 Three-Year “Buy And Hold” Franchises

2016-04-21 17_50_09-Microsoft Solitaire Collection“It’s mid-April and investors are focused on earnings season, oil prices and the Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates, but for those willing to take a little bit of a longer view, Morgan Stanley offered up a list of 30 stocks…that are its best bets for the next three years.” Today’s article highlights Morgan Stanley’s assessment of “the best franchises for investors to get behind for the next three years”, based on factors such as competitive advantage, business model, growth and governance. For a complete listing of the 30 franchises that made the cut, as well as the firm’s scorecard for each, CLICK HERE.