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My concern with buying individual stocks would be the risk of events that could batter individual stocks (Exxon causing an oil spill, P&G selling tainted drugs and getting sued, etc.)

That's always a concern.

My thinking, if you start out with the list of Dividend Champions (companies that have increased their dividend payment each year for at least 25 years) you probably increase your chances of getting good companies. And just think of all things that could have and did go wrong during all that time. And they still keep chugging along.

Or you could go the orphans and widows route with utilities.

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