Dividends Pick Up Steam

Dividends Pick Up Steam

Dividends are on the rise when investors have fewer reasons to buy the stocks that pay them out.

More than a fifth of the companies in the S&P 500 have boosted their dividends to shareholders so far this year, while none have slashed their payouts, a first since 2011, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. The increases are getting bigger too, with companies on average raising their payouts by 14%, the biggest jump since 2014.

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