Higher dividends: Be careful what you wish for

With interest rates falling as the economy slows, companies are responding to shareholder demands to increase dividends.Unlike in most other countries, Australians benefit from the dividend imputation system where you receive a franking credit for dividends received from companies that have paid company tax on their profits. It’s a great system that eliminates the double taxation of company profits and encourages people to save and invest.Several years ago I remember Curtis Jensen – Small Cap portfolio manager at legendary US funds management firm Third Avenue – castigating CSR for unnecessarily raising capital. In the US companies are chastised for diluting...

With interest rates falling as the economy slows, companies are responding to shareholder demands to increase dividends.

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