Dividends4Life: U.S. Dividend Growth Stocks For International Exposure

This centennial article revisits the stocks I wrote about 33 months ago, and the article which was published on January 13, 2011. Let us look at my original investment thesis and the 5 stocks I selected to illustrate it. At the time, I suggested that a number of countries might grow their GDPs at a faster rate than the U.S. in 2011. Noting, that depending on which prognosticator you believed, these countries ranged from Australia to Canada and Indonesia to Brazil. I also noted that regardless of which countries prospered the most, there was a consensus that there would be growing demand in emerging markets. I asked the question, "As a dividend growth investor how can you best prosper from this international growth?"

It turned out that the countries I casually mentioned did have higher annual increases in GDP than the U.S. I believe that in the last 33 months, my investment thesis proved to be correct. The five large cap, US based international stocks Abbott Labs (ABT), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), McDonald's (MCD) and Proctor & Gamble (PG) have been a better investment than an investment in emerging markets. The average gain was about 22% with an average dividend yield of about 3.00%. This far exceeds the gains of the Emerging Markets ETF, which was only about 5%. It pays a current dividend of about 3.70%.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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