Div­i­dends grow­ing

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

Com­pa­nies in the S&P 500 in­dex paid out 10 per­cent more in to­tal div­i­dends in 2015 than they had the pre­vi­ous year. Div­i­dend pay­ments have grown by dou­ble dig­its for five years in a row, ac­cord­ing to S&P Dow Jones Indices, and they have set records for four straight years. Af­ter break­ing all those records, how­ever, in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies are rais­ing their div­i­dends at a some­what slower pace: The av­er­age div­i­dend in­crease last year was about 13 per­cent, down from 17.5 per­cent in 2014.

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