More than A$72 billion has been paid in dividends in 2016-17.
Rather than lifting investment, Australian businesses have chosen to return cash to shareholders in the form of record dividends and share buybacks.
Arguments about reducing the tax burden of companies tend to get associated with rabid neoliberals. Here's why they needn't be.
Why stop at 17%?
BHP chief Andrew Mackenzie took over from Marius Kloppers in 2013.
BHP’s board has navigated well through mining's highs and lows and still passed the shareholder value test.
Loosening their grip. Will markets exit oil like they edged away from tobacco?
Efforts to break our financial addiction to the energy sector might find useful lessons in the slow decline of tobacco.
Commonwealth Bank shareholders continue to be rewarded with high dividends, despite the bank needing to raise capital.
Australian companies are paying more of their profits out as dividends, and if it continues it will hurt our economy.
Commonwealth Bank chief Ian Narev announces a record full-year profit of A$7.8 billion, ahead of this week’s $2.1 billion quarterly result.
Like most companies, banks report their profits twice a year. Each time the majors report we see headlines about the size of the profits and implicit or explicit criticism of the amount – this time about…
Dividend washing enables some domestic investors to essentially gain a dividend “twice”.
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There is currently considerable interest in the practice of “dividend washing”. This refers to the practice of investors being able to trade shares cum-dividend for a period after the ex-dividend date…