Even if the hard-charging stock market should run into a wall later, investors can take comfort that this likely will be another huge year for dividend payouts.
As if the $85 billion in monthly liquidity from the Federal Reserve wasn't enough, big companies have been helping out with $14.5 billion in dividend increases, according to Standard & Poor's Dow Jones Indices.
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While dividend increases and stock market gains don't always go hand in hand, the combination has presented a powerful potion for investors in 2013 that market experts look to continue.
"These are significant numbers," said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "Dividends have been increasing. We are no longer in recovery mode, we are fully back."
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Investors fled dividend stocks in late 2012 over fears that the "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases would hurt the space especially hard.