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The Dividend Aristocrat 6-Pack Buy List

Nov. 02, 2021 7:00 AM ETABBV, AFL, AUM, BEN, CAH, HRL, JNJ, MCK, MDT, MMM, NEE, PG, VFC, WBA116 Comments


  • S&P 500 dividend aristocrats possess pretty safe dividends. All 65 of them have paid out higher disbursements for at least 25 straight years.
  • We decided to put together our Buy list for the top six to purchase right now.
  • Ben Graham once said, “The defensive investor must confine himself to the shares of important companies with a long record of profitable operations and in strong financial condition."
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In a recent Barron’s article, Lawrence C. Strauss explained:

“One would think that the S&P 500 dividend aristocrats possess pretty safe dividends, considering that all 65 of the companies have paid out higher disbursements for at least 25 years.”



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Brad Thomas has over 30 years of real estate investing experience and has acquired, developed, or brokered over $1B in commercial real estate transactions. He has been featured in Barron's, Bloomberg, Fox Business, and many other media outlets. He's the author of four books, including the latest, REITs For Dummies.

Brad, with his team of 10 analysts, runs the investing group iREIT® on Alpha, which covers REITs, BDCs, MLPs, Preferreds, and other income-oriented alternatives. The team of analysts has a combined 100+ years of experience and includes a former hedge fund manager, due diligence officer, portfolio manager, PhD, military veteran, and advisor to a former U.S. President. Learn more

Analyst’s Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial long position in the shares of BEN, JNJ, MMM, VFC, WBA either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Since the original (marketplace) article was published, BEN shares are up ~12%.

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Comments (116)

Brad Thomas profile picture
Sachem Capital: My Oh My, Another Strong Buy

Mili21 profile picture
@Brad Thomas
Curious to know your interest in a stock that is almost a penny stock with thin volume (150K) and market cap is barely $170M.....
Brad Thomas profile picture
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Brad Thomas profile picture
FRG shares are +33% since we initiated a Strong Buy (on 9/16/21):

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I have a 3-pak... ABBV, VFC and WBA. I chose TROW over BEN and MMM is on my watchlist but I passed on CAH. Recently added to VFC and ABBV. Expecting WBA to hit its stride soon!
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Bucknfl profile picture
I’ve owned PG for years but this group is not for the income hungry.
steve7074 profile picture
@Bucknfl Income looks pretty good to me, most options are 3.5% or better. They’re safe, good growers, etc.
I own some high dividend payers like ORCC, BHI, & CTRE but really like the safety & total return potential of Brad’s list.
Brad Thomas profile picture
Another victory lap for iREIT on Alpha: seekingalpha.com/...
@Brad Thomas - Nice job! But, I wish it wouldn't have skyrocketed so quickly. Now I'm not sure what to do with the micro position I started in $FRG ! :)
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@NextGenInvest Come visit us at iREIT on Alpha... I will send you a direct message now.
steve7074 profile picture
@NextGenInvest Sounds like a long-term hold to me. Bet there are some good articles on FRG in SA. With the emphasis on franchises, lately they acquired the Sylvan Learning Center, think the future is bright. Might be some more in IREIT as well.
BM Cashflow Detective profile picture
I own shares in $JNJ $HRL $PG $ABBV $VFC $BEN $CAH $WBA

The package has been sent. I enjoy the trip.
Brad Thomas profile picture
@BM Cashflow Detective Great job!

Keep up the excellent work you're doing... all the best!
Conscentatio Excellentiae profile picture
I have been so tempted by MMM, only thing holding me back is the PFAS litigation. I know they keep settling one off claims like that of Alabama but 3M won’t say how much they believe this litigation will cost in total. Any thoughts?
Most companies with cash flow have some type of on-going litigation, probably because of $. PCG - fires, JNJ - talc cancer, XOM - global warming cancer, MO - lung cancer, TEVA - drug addiction.
I Like the 6 stocks with the safest dividends better. In facts, I own JNJ, HRL, MDT and NEE. I agreed, though, that they are fully valued...
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Florian Steinberg Thanks for reading & commenting. All the best
MathMan1959 profile picture
@Florian Steinberg

In 15-20 years the current valuation means nothing. Endless focus in these articles on valuation masks the true DGI strategy, which is the potential dividend growth. Price means little over the long term.
@MathMan1959 I agree in the sense that buying quality is probably more important than valuation in the long term. However, even the best company can be a bad investment if you pay way too much. Think Cisco or Microsoft in 1999/2000. Took a long time for them to work as an investment.

And yeah, I think that too many of the 6 top picks are dogs or laggards that have a low valuation for good reasons. MDT or JNJ are in secular growth sectors whereas Walgreens is struggling retail, just as an example.
Hey ya Brad do theses six pack come with ESG Branding ?

Ya know , I didn't say " Let's Go Brandon " like those blue doggies in politics would like me to say .
Let's get a long little doggies , gitty `up Cowboys .
Brad Thomas profile picture
@manfac Ha. glad you said it (and I didn't) ... gitty 'up back at ya!
@manfac ESG is a matter of extreme indifference to me.
@manfac sad...
Don’t listen to them we are about to enter the biggest bull market in history! Buy growth!!!
Sunil Shah profile picture
"The Dividend Aristocrat 6-Pack Buy List"
when did investing become a 6-Pack of soft drinks?

pls dont devalue the intricate/sophisticated art/science of investing by banal headlines
and go get yourself a six pack of whatever your heart desires...
Brad Thomas profile picture
@Sunil Shah 69 articles and 2700 followers does not make one an expert ... thanks for reading anyway. All the best
@Brad Thomas
Oh! Good one!
Williams Equity Research profile picture
@Sunil Shah a sense of humor goes a long ways. That sounded like a sensitive robot wrote it.
Brad Thomas profile picture
VICI Is A STRONG BUY, Here's Why (Exclusive Video)

Sighhhh. . . .good widows and orphans stuff. Wish I was 25 again.
billinsd profile picture
Great article,THANKS Brad...
I bet the author makes more money writing about investments than investing. If I had his supposed expertise in REITs, I think managing my investments would be full time. It makes you wonder
Brad Thomas profile picture

The author has almost 100,000 followers on Seeking Alpha, which I hope you are one.

In addition, the author has more editor's picks than anyone on Seeking Alpha, and provides prolific research across multiple channels including Forbes, The Property Chronicle, etc...

In addition, the author teaches out of his book, The Intelligent REIT Investor Guide, at NYU (largest real estate school in the world).

In summary, the author loves his job because he is passionate to help others.

The author is in the process of launching several funds which will be beneficial to investors.

The author appreciates any and all comments.

All the best,

The Author
@Brad Thomas I appreciate what you do! Always surprised when I see individuals being so critical/rude yet reading your articles! I've made some money with quite a few of your recommendations- and lost some money here and there as well! But do respect how hard I believe you work at this!
@Rick Both The best analysts run money, they don't write about it. I've worked in the securities industry for 35 years. I'll give you the rundown. You have the Buffetts, Icahns etc. who run money (first tier). Hedge fund mgrs, second tier but way down the list. Investment company managers who get bonuses if they just meet or are close to their benchmark. If you start young (who does?) and index the S&P or total stock market you will outperform 99% of the time everyone else because over time the market always goes up and you can't say that about individual stock picking. Your risk is not waiting over time.
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