Income is Scare. Casting a Wide Net Can Pay Dividends.
Evan Davies - Sep 15, 2017
For the first time ever, there are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 15, according to Statistics Canada. The proportion of those aged 65 and older climbed to 16.9 per cent of Canada’s population and many of them have
For the first time ever, there are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 15, according to Statistics Canada. The proportion of those aged 65 and older climbed to 16.9 per cent of Canada’s population and many of them have one thing in common: they want their dividends. Millions of retiring baby boomers need income, but they may have to search far and wide for yield.
Historically, dividends have always played a significant role in driving equity returns and helping investors meet their financial goals. Dividend income is especially important during retirement. At a time when an increasing number of people are approaching retirement age, the dividend yield of the S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index*, and the yield on Canadian and U.S. Treasuries, are all at relatively low levels.
To be sure, strong demand for dividend income has driven valuations for many traditional dividend payers in Canada and the U.S. — such as utilities and consumer staples — high above long-term averages.
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* Source S&P Dow Jones Indices: S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Income Index indicated dividend yield 4.72% as of July 31, 2017