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    The First Cut: Dividend Achievers

    by John Bajkowski

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    The First Cut is designed as a starting point for investors. Each issue we list the top 30 stocks that pass relatively simple screens of interest to individual stock pickers. AAII’s Stock Investor Pro screening software is used to generate the First Cut listing.

    During volatile markets, investors turn to the greater stability of dividend-paying stocks. Cash dividends directly contribute to the total return and help to limit downside price risk, provided the market feels that the dividend is secure. Mergent, formerly of Moody’s, publishes a number of “Dividend Achiever” indexes that are constructed with companies that have increased their dividend for 10 or more consecutive years. The High Growth Rate Dividend Achievers Index, which holds the stocks with the highest long-term dividend growth rates, and the Dividend Achievers50 Index, which focuses on the highest-yielding stocks, served as the inspiration for this issue’s First Cut.

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