Year in Review

Everything came together to make 2012 a record year for dividends. Companies had abundant cash reserves. Yet in a slow economic recovery, many were reluctant to reinvest in an effort to grow their businesses. Plus, with bond yields low, investors were hungry for income. Corporate America responded by turning on the dividend spigots.
Everything came together to make 2012 a record year for dividends. Companies had abundant cash reserves. Yet in a slow economic recovery, many were reluctant to reinvest in an effort to grow their businesses. Plus, with bond yields low, investors were hungry for income. Corporate America responded by turning on the dividend spigots.