Give me a dollar today, and I want two tomorrow.
Since I am a greedy person, I look for companies that have continuously increased dividends and have managed to buy back shares. By decreasing the number of shares, a company is increasing the ownership stake each share accounts for -- or in other words, your shares now give you a bigger piece of the pie.
United Parcel Service
Although Johnson & Johnson
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Editor's note: A previous version of this article mistakenly said that UPS had raised its dividend every year since 2002. The Fool regrets the error.
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