Are we paying too much for dividends?

Dividends are suddenly crucial to investors and companies alike – but just now they are not cheap by historical standards.

Summary: A recent report shows dividends have increased globally since the bottom of the GFC. Large Australian companies have also increased their dividends since 2009. But the gross level of dividends in Australia at the moment is within the range of previous historical dividend yields, yet is still lower than the average.

Key take out: In Australia dividends look reasonable but not cheap in a historical context.

Key beneficiaries: General investors. Category: Shares.

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