The Incredible Shrinking Payout – Wall Street Journal – 10/03/14

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The Incredible Shrinking Payout

The S&P 500’s dividend yield isn’t what it used to be

Dividends paid by companies in the S&P 500 currently amount to less than 2% of their share prices, compared with the long-term average of 4.4%, according to data from Yale University economist Robert Shiller.

Dividends also are falling steadily as a share of earnings, with about a third of profits getting returned to shareholders in recent years, compared with nearly half in the 1980s and 1990s.


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