Taking Stock 

Whither the income seekers?

Mark Robinson

Whither the income seekers?

Left-leaning commentators often bemoan the tendency of UK companies to return a higher proportion of their net income to shareholders than their listed counterparts on the continent. You can see their point – at least theoretically. A relatively high pay rate can mean a lower total return over the long haul if a company hasn’t invested sufficiently to ensure future growth. But what these commentators seem to forget is who all this cash belongs to anyway – the shareholders, except in the event of liquidation, where HM Revenue & Customs is numero uno in the pecking order.

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