Dividend checks continue to get fatter in corporate America as more companies jack up their distribution rates.
Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly 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 Aflac
The insurance giant covering more than 50 million people worldwide is giving its shareholders something to quack about. Aflac's new quarter dividend of $0.33 a share is a 10% improvement over its previous rate.
Takeover speculation fueled a pop in Valero Energy
Finally, we have Spectra Energy
"We expect to deliver consistent growth in our annual dividend," CEO Greg Ebel notes in Spectra's announcement.
These companies join limited partnerships Atlas Pipeline Partners
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. The newsletter singles out companies that are committed to growing their distributions with market-thumping results.
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