A very good start is the list of US Dividend Champions.This list contains all companies that has increased their Dividend payout for 25 consecutive years.
However this list contains an overwhelming amount of data.
I have selected a few criteria to narrow this list down.
- Understand what business they are in
- Don't buy at a 1y high price
- Keep my portfolio diversified from the start - that's easier than fixing things later
- Focus on dividend growth rather than high yielding dividend percentages