FY2014 saw a total of $54.8 billion in dividend increases, and 3,308 dividend-paying stocks hiked payouts last year. That's a 14.3% increase over the number of payouts in 2013.
2015 could set another record for dividend payments. But investors do need to be aware of the effect of plunging oil prices.
There are no signs of a yield slowdown just yet - dividend boosts were robust last week.