Weekday mornings I read the CFA Institute Financial Newsbrief, an email newsletter that collects financial articles from around the world. It’s an easy way to scan many stories quickly. This week’s poll caught my eye because it concerned Apple and dividends, two hot topics in the investment world.
The poll asked was: “What is likely to provide Apple shareholders the highest risk-adjusted rate of return on the company’s excess cash balances?” SmartBrief was kind enough to allow me to share the poll results.
I voted for the top choice: “Common stock dividends, including a one-time or a series of special dividends” which received 45.04% of readers’ votes.
• Companies have a natural life cycle. When they are young, they need to reinvest earnings to grow the company. As they mature, they generate more money than they need to expand. Apple clearly has enough cash it needs to research, develop, and manufacture new products.
• Executives will be tempted to do something foolish with excess cash. They might acquire a company that doesn’t add value for shareholders. Or compensate themselves excessively.
• Individual investors are looking for dividend-paying stocks because they are searching for yield.
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