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"...since 1955, the average has been 15 increases for every decrease. Now its three increases for every four decreases.”
Following are some statistics on the first quarter dividend activity:
A record 367 of the approximately 7,000 publicly owned companies that report dividend information to Standard & Poor’s Dividend Record decreased their dividend payment. This represents a 332% increase from the 83 issues that decreased their dividend during the first quarter of 2008.
A record low 283 issues announced they will increase their dividend payment – a 52.7% drop from the 598 issues that reported dividend increases during the first quarter of 2008.
S&P: Q1 Worst Quarter for Dividends Since 1955;
Companies Reduce Shareholder Payments by $77 Billion
Standard & Poor's
By: Howard Silverblatt & David R. Guarino
April 7, 2009
Originally posted by marg6043
... the common issue ... is the debt ratio.
It was over spending that cause the crash.