When I think of the greatest dividend stocks, I think of companies that have sizable yields but also grow dividends at consistent and robust rates. Very few companies do this but some that do include VF Corporation (VFC) and W.W. Grainger (GWW).
However, just as important as identifying the current dividend greats is identifying the potential greats. Companies like MasterCard (MA), Starbucks (SBUX) and Visa (V) fall into this second category because their respective management teams have shown a willingness to increase payouts at rapid rates in their relatively short dividend history.
Not only are these three companies growing revenue and earnings per share very fast, they are now on watch for entry into the prestigious dividend great category. Click here to read more about the future dividend greats!