24 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2006
Date Written: August 15, 2006
High Yield and Low Payout
What is the optimal combination of dividend yield and payout ratio for the investors? We tested companies within the S&P 1500 and found that investors should look for companies with a high yield and low payout ratio for their portfolios. The high dividend yield and low pay out ratio basket of stocks had the best performance in our backtest since 1990.
How has the plain dividend yield strategy worked over the years? Stocks with high yields generally outperform those with low yields. The highest-dividend-yielding stocks were not overall leaders. Stocks ranking in decile eight had the best performance.
Return Contribution of Dividends
Dividend contribution to total returns was more than 40% from 1926 to 1990. The 2003 tax reduction on dividends has encouraged companies to increase their dividends; dividends' contribution to total return has risen and will continue to rise in coming years.
Keywords: Dividend Yield, Payout Ratio
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By Andrew Ang