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Former Dividend Aristocrat HCP Is On the Mend

Nick McCullum

Nowhere is this more evident than the list of Dividend Aristocrats, a select group of 57 stocks with 25-plus years of consecutive dividend growth. It takes at least 25 years of uninterrupted dividend increases each year, no matter the economic climate, to make the list of Dividend Aristocrats. Until 2016 the real estate investment trust (REIT) that specializes in health care properties had maintained a streak of more than 30 annual dividend increases in a row before problems with a troubled tenant forced it to cut its dividend.