These five big stocks could be about to increase their dividend payments in the coming months
The Brexit selloff is serving as an unpleasant reminder to investors in 2016: Dividends still matter a lot right now.
Year-to-date, dividend payouts have meant the difference between being breakeven in the S&P 500 or sitting in the red. For the Dow Jones Industrial Average , dividend payouts actually pull the big index into positive territory since the calendar flipped to January. But 2016's performance numbers are only a tiny part of the story. That's because the impact of dividends only really start to show themselves in the longer term.
In fact, just over the last 10 years, dividends have accounted for almost half of the S&P 500's performance, handing investors the difference between 57.5% gains and 95.9% gains when reinvested dividends are factored in. But to find the biggest benefit from dividends, it's not enough to simply buy names with big payouts today -- you've got to think about which names are going to be paying more tomorrow too.
So instead of chasing yield, we'll try to step in front of the next round of stock payout hikes.
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