I'd like to figure out how to build a good index for companies that pay dividends and for companies that pay inceasing in time dividends. Such index can be used for an ETF or mutual fund. Dividend mutual funds are an old idea. We need to remember about so called FIXED TRUST which invested in dividend stocks but were wiped out by 1930 recession - see Paul F. Miller, Jr. - Journal Potfolio Management 1979, v. 6, 1 - see www.iijournals.com/toc/jpm and avoid such mistakes.
There are few Mutual Funds and ETF what invest in rising dividends companies, such as PFM PID VIG AADDX ADVDX AVEDX BDJ ICRDX FDGFX FRDPX HDCTX OARDX VDIGX DRIPX.
I collected information about their holdings based on so-called Schedule of Investments from Annual or Semi-Annual Reports published in 2010. I also collected the same information from DVY SDY KSDVX
Unfortunately I wasn't able to find info about The Blackrock Dividend Acheiver funds (XBDVX and XBDJX). I did not collect info about CDGCX CMDGX FADAX FSPIX FTPVX IHGIX IMSAX DIVAX SDVGX GDGIX PRDGX
holdings because I not sure that they invest in exclusively in companies with rising dividends. I use only one class of mutual fund (usually A,C or I) because I guess holdings of different classes of the same fund are almost identical. There are a lot of similarities in these funds/ETFs holdings, so I came with the following list of unique holdings (note "tricky" investment policy of FDGFX - they held companies that might pay dividends in future). The list has more than 800 companies around globe (see non-US companies at the end).
I'd like to note that these mutual funds invest in companies in so-called Dividend Achievers (Champions, Contenders and Challengers) list -see David Fish list at dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp.
I didn't track dividend record of the following non-USA companies:
Accor SA Agricultural Bank of China Aker Solutions ASA Anglo American PLC (United Kingdom) Anglo Irish Bank Corp. PLC Anhanguera Educacional Arkema Sol Melia SA Swisscom AG Tegma Gestao Logistica SA. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk PT Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp. Vinci SA. Wolters Kluwer NV (Certificaten Van Aandelen) Xinao Gas Holdings Ltd. Yara International ASA Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co., Zumtobel AG BG Group PLC British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC Heritage Oil PLC Itau Unibanco Banco Multiplo SA Roche Holding AG Banco Do Brasil SA BM&F BOVESPA SA Deutsche Boerse AG Drogasil SA HeidelbergCement AG Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers SA Iliad Group SA Imperial Tobacco Group PLC Informa PLC Lonza Group AG M. Dias Branco SA Nestle SA Petroplus Holdings AG Rheinmetall AG Sage Group PLC Schneider Electric SA Segro PLC Vallourec SA Julio Simoes Logistica SA EDF SA Vedanta Resources PLC Banco Panamericano SA Deutsche Post AG Hypermarcas SA Bouygues SA Multiplus SA Fiat SpA GDF Suez Grande Cache Coal Corp. Hennes & Mauritz AB Hyundai Motor Co.. Lagardere SCA. Leroy Seafood Group ASA Mills Estruturas e Servicos de Mitsubishi Corp.. MRV Engenharia Mvelaphanda Resources Prysmian SpA Shengli Oil & Gas Pipe Holdings Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) Kerry Group PLC Class A Ausnutria Dairy Hunan Co. Ltd. Coal of Africa, Ltd. Deutsche Telekom AG. E.ON AG. Max Capital Group Ltd. Nintendo Company Ltd. Northam Platinum, Ltd. OPAP SA. PDG Realty SA. PetroBakken Energy Ltd. Rossi Residencial SA. Aveng Ltd. BaWang International (Group) Holding Ltd. Bosideng International Holdings Ltd. China Gas Holdings Ltd. Hengan International Group Co. Ltd. Hengdeli Holdings Ltd. Huabao International Holdings Ltd. ICSA (India) Ltd. Israel Chemicals Ltd. Lihir Gold Ltd. Newcrest Mining Ltd. Niko Resources Ltd. NSK Ltd. Peak Sport Products Co. Ltd. Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. United Business Media Ltd. Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd. Anta Sports Products, Ltd.. Atlas Copco AB BASF SE. Carlsberg AS Cascal NV. Cia Brasileira de Distribuicao Cia de Bebidas DAS Americas Companhia de Concessoes Companhia Energetica de Minas BlueBay Asset Management Bombardier, Inc China State Construction Danone. Darfon Electronics Corp. Data Systems Inc. Dillards, Inc. FLSmidth & Co. H.B. Fuller Co. JM AB Keyence Corp. KKR & Co. Guernsey LP Lumena Resources Corp. Marine Harvest ASA Mazda Motor Corp. Sinopharm Group Co.. SOFTBANK CORP. TCL Multimedia Technology Westfield Group