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Should Dividend Investors Sweat Interest-Rate Risk? (Part 2)

Owning quality companies that regularly return cash to shareholders is a solid strategy for all rate environments.

Ben Johnson 08 January, 2020 | 17:57

In part 1, we started looking at the relationship between dividend yields and interest-rate sensitivity. In this part, we dive deeper by connecting the dots with companies’ fundamentals.

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To better understand the relationship between dividend yields and interest-rate sensitivity, we need to connect the dots with companies' fundamentals. Dividends are often a sign of maturity. As companies progress through their life cycles, their growth slows and reinvestment needs decline, allowing them to distribute more cash. Using market cap as a proxy for maturity, this evolution is evident.

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Ben Johnson  Ben Johnson, CFA is the Director of Passive Fund Research with Morningstar.

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