Before the 2008 financial meltdown, names like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE:C), U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) were held in many dividend growth portfolios. And why not? They paid a good yield and grew their dividend on a regular basis. Now their yields range between 0.5% and 1.7%. There is a lesson to be learned here.