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Unformatted text preview: highest dividend yields. While the average dividend
yield on the portfolio is lower than the original portfolio, the dividends are much more
sustainable and the firms do have some growth potential. Conclusion
Stocks that pay high dividends seem to offer an unbeatable combination of
continuing income (dividends) and potential price appreciation. Their allure increases in
bear markets as equities decline in value. The empirical evidence also seems to provide some
support for the proposition that stocks with higher dividend yields generate higher returns
for investors over the long term.
What are the potential dangers of investing in stocks with high dividends? The first
is that dividends, unlike coupons on bonds, are not promised cashflows. A dividend that is
too high, relative to the earnings and cashflows generated by a firm, is unsustainable and
will have to be cut sooner rather than later. In addition, the tax laws treat dividends much
less favorably than capital gains, and over long periods, the tax bite out of returns can be
substantial. Finally, high dividend payouts ofte...
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- Spring '11