Urgent! We need earnings growth

The game of pushing dividend payout ratios ever higher will end in tears unless company leaders push now for earnings growth.

Summary: In a time of low interest rates, be wary of investing in high-risk debt securities. The Americans may have made this mistake, as there are reports of a huge increase in dubious loans in the US. When rates rise, more pressure will be put on these securities. The yield trap is not new – in Australia, businesses are now paying almost double the dividends of their global peers despite a fall in earnings growth.

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