Dividends for AUGUST 2015

 $203.67 for the month

Dividend-growth record streak may be about to end

Few market opportunities have offered 10 percent growth or more for the past three years. Not China. Not U.S. GDP. Not U.S. earnings growth, either. But U.S. stock dividends have been on a tear, posting three consecutive years of 10 percent growth or more.

That record dividend run, which reached $351 billion last year, is finally showing signs of exhaustion. S&P data projects that—barring a new, and unlikely, dividend surprise, like a Google or Berkshire Hathaway—U.S. dividends will fail to keep the streak alive this year. Currently, dividend growth is running behind the pace of the previous three years.

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