March is a great month. Spring training is starting, the weather is starting to warm up, it is the first large dividend paying month of the year, and it is one of the Diplomats’ birthdays. From an investing stand point and dividend increase standpoint, 2019 has been an interesting one. Dividend growth has slowed compared to last year for many companies while the stock market continues to rally. Each day is an exciting new day in the marketplace. It is now time for the next installment of our monthly series summarizing the previous month’s dividend increases and anticipating the dividend increases in the months to come. Here is our list of expected dividend increases in March!
Over the past few days, I stumbled on an interesting stock that I wanted to share with the community. While I haven’t shared this habit of mine with the dividend investing community in a long time, I have always monitored spin-offs to try to find potential new dividend stocks that are getting ready to (or have recently) hit the market. This strategy has worked well for me in the past, as I stumbled on the fact that Kraft was going to be a dividend paying stock and was lucky enough to catch the company prior to their build up (which occurred long before the announced Heinz-Merger). So why am I bringing this up? Well, beginning July 1, a dividend focused spin-off is getting ready to hit the open market and man has it caught my attention. I wanted to take some time to introduce you to the newly formed Edgewell Personal Care Company.
We are coming off of a pretty active month in February. I have been tracking Dividend Aristocrats that are expected to announce a dividend increase each month since May 2014, and February set a record as 8 companies were expected to announce an increase. While March won’t pack the same punch with announced increases, it is the most active month in the quarter for receiving dividends! Time to dive into the details, which Aristocrats are expected to announce dividend increases in March?