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.

To continue reading, subscribe today

and enjoy unlimited access to the following:

  • Tips of the Week
  • Funds coverage
  • Weekly features on big investment themes
  • Trading ideas
  • Comprehensive companies coverage
  • Economic analysis
Subscribe
Subscribe to Investors Chronicle

Subscribe today

Full access for just £3.37 a week:

• Tips and recommendations - to beat the market 
• Portfolio clinic & Mr Bearbull - build a well-planned portfolio 
• Expert tools - track and manage investments effortlessly
• Plus free delivery to your home or office

Subscribe Now