BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- How's this for an income investing mantra: The only thing better than a big dividend payout is a bigger one.
The thing is, that's a harder goal to accomplish than it seems. Chasing yields, after all, will only get you so far; and all too often, big dividend payers have such big yields because investors are discounting the likelihood of a dividend rate cut.
But this week, we're not waiting for high-yielding firms to announce dividend hikes. Instead, we're focusing on the future, taking a look at five companies that are likely to boost their dividend payouts in the next quarter.
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