Michael Murray: Splash the cash for dividends

Michael Murray: Splash the cash for dividends
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Investors mustn’t forget to monitor dividend performance, payment capacity and prospects, even if it seems that in bull markets dividends are insignificant relative to capital growth

In recent years, many investors have had cause to be indifferent to the dividend-paying capacity and track record of companies in which they have invested.

One reason for this is that, looking back over their portfolio performance over recent years, they perceive dividend performance to be close to irrelevant next to the scale of underlying growth in the capital value of shares. Across most sectors – oil being an obvious exception – dividends have contributed...

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