Since last year, the Fed hasn't held back on the interest-rate-hiking trigger. That's why companies that raise their dividends should be a major part of any income-investing strategy. Higher payouts produce higher yields, and that, in theory, should allow the stocks to hold up better than the rest of the market given higher yields on new fixed-income vehicles.
Let's take a closer look at four companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
Briggs & Stratton
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz pays attention to yield signs. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story.He is also part of theRule Breakersnewsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has adisclosure policy.