Throughout the site, there are quite a few abbreviations and terms that that might be confusing. Here are some but if you think we're missing any, please send us a note and let us know.
Consecutive Annual Dividend Increases; this is the number of years historically that this company has been increasing its dividend on an annual basis. The most reliable dividend payers will continue to increase their payments year after year, even in a recession.
Exchange-traded fund - An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds and generally operates with an arbitrage mechanism designed to keep it trading close to its net asset value, although deviations can occasionally occur. Most ETFs track an index, such as a stock index or bond index. ETFs may be attractive as investments because of their low costs, tax efficiency, and stock-like features.
Forecast Dividend Increase; this is the percentage we are expecting the annual dividend to increase by next year. If this is negative it means we are forecasting a cut.