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Three of the major U.S. domestic indexes (Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index & Nasdaq Composite Index) had a positive return for the month of August. However, the S&P's Dividend Aristocrats did outperform the three aforementioned benchmarks in August and YTD through August 29, 2008.
  • Nasdaq YTD= -10.70%
  • S&P 500 Index YTD = -12.60%
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average YTD = -13.00%
  • Dividend Aristocrats YTD = -4.70%
Detail on the performance of the aristocrats is contained in the below spreadsheet. A full copy of the spreadsheet can be accessed by clicking this link.



Source: Dividend Aristocrats Handily Outperforming Main Indexes in 2008