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Aflac Misses Earnings Estimates – But Don’t Lose Sight Of The Big Picture

AFLAC (NYSE:AFL) stock fell 4% in early trading on February 1, after the company posted quarterly earnings that fell short of expectations.

A declining share price is never a welcome sight. But long-term investors should not lose focus of the bigger picture.

Aflac is not a "get-rich-quick" stock. Instead, it is more of the "build-wealth-slowly" type.

Aflac has a long history of steadily enriching investors over time. It is a Dividend Aristocrat, a group of companies with 25+ consecutive years of dividend increases.

In fact, Aflac has raised its dividend for 34 years in a row.

That by itself speaks to the strength of Aflac's business model. There are only 51 Dividend Aristocrats in the S&P 500.

You can see the entire list of all 51 Dividend Aristocrats here.

Aflac maintains its excellent track record thanks to a highly profitable business model, a leadership position in the insurance industry, and a commitment to growing its dividend each year.

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