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3 Stocks Offering Steady Retirement Income

These companies are rewarding shareholders, and analysts expect ample earnings growth in years to come

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Dow dividend stocksGenerating a steady diet of annual double-digit growth in dividends is hard work, and it doesn’t happen often.

According to Dividend Growth Investor, 107 companies managed to up their dividends by at least 12% annually over the past decade, and that number significantly shrinks — to 28 stocks — if you stretch that out to 25 years.

There’s any number of reasons why companies slow their dividend roll, of course, but one of the most frequent reasons is pretty simple to identify — earnings growth slows, and thus the safety blanket for those big increases gets a little smaller and closer to the ground.

Thus, as we work toward retirement, it would behoove us to look for companies that not only have a good history of dividend increases, but also companies that have a very positive outlook on the earnings front — that way, we can have a bit more confidence that future payout hikes will remain robust.

Here, we look at three stocks that have grown dividends by double digits for at least five years — and thus put a bit of a premium on rewarding shareholders — and are projected to grow earnings per share by at least 10% annually over the next five years:

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