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Last week signaled a sad turn for the “widows and orphans” stocks — classic income providers that were once bread-and-butter favorites of investors.

1. Why was it a sad time for “widows and orphans” stocks?
2. What did Anheuser-Busch do that also signaled bad times?
3. Why does dividend income matter?
4. How many companies have been dropped from the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats since 2006 for cutting or not increasing their dividends?
5. What was the most interesting thing that you learned from this article?

Heath, T. (2018). Why GE’s penny dividend signals a sad turn for ‘widow and orphan stocks.’ The Washington Post, Nov. 2 (Retrievable online at