Not every company is slashing its dividend these days. Some of the market's better performers are easing up on their purse strings and sending more money out to their shareholders.

Readers of the Income Investor newsletter service can appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.

Let's start with Brady (NYSE:BRC), a security specialist that certainly knows how to keep its payout secure. Brady is increasing its quarterly dividend by 3% to $0.70 a share. That's a small move, but Brady has propped up its dividend in each of the past 24 years.

Village Super Market (NASDAQ:VLGEA) is also stocking up on chunkier distributions. The company behind a handful of ShopRite grocery stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey is improving its quarterly payouts by 7% to $0.23 a share on its Class A shares.

Some of these dividend increases may not seem like much, but consider the less savory moves that took place in recent days. Cascade (NASDAQ:CASC) became the latest company to slash its quarterly dividend to a token penny. The penny dividend is an ugly trend, kicked off when heavyweight bankers Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) did the same thing earlier this year. Real estate trusts haven't been immune, either, with Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR) completing such a dividend cut last week. Its move reflects reduced cash flows and follows the path of other investment trusts such as Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT), which also chopped its yield earlier this year.

Income Investor subscribers know all about the best companies sending more and more money to their investors. The newsletter service singles out companies that are committed to growing their distributions with market-thumping results.

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