The Irrelevance of Dividends | Summary and Q&A

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September 14, 2019
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Ben Felix
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The Irrelevance of Dividends

TL;DR

Dividends may be an important part of total returns, but they are not relevant in predicting future stock returns.

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Key Insights

  • ↩ī¸ Dividends are an important component of total returns, but they do not determine a stock's future performance.
  • 🧑‍🏭 Dividend growth stocks outperform the market on average, but it is their exposure to factors like value, profitability, and investment that explains the performance differences.
  • 🍉 A company's dividend policy does not impact its long-term results, and there is no evidence to suggest that dividend-paying stocks are mispriced by the market.
  • đŸĢ° Dividend-focused index funds and factor index funds with similar factor exposures produce similar results, demonstrating the irrelevance of dividends in predicting returns.
  • đŸ›ģ Dividend investors are ultimately stock pickers and should understand that dividends alone do not make their stock picks smarter or safer.
  • 🚕 Dividends may appear more tax-efficient, but capital gains can also be advantageous, especially when investors have control over the timing and amount of sales.

Transcript

  • Whenever I make a video or write an article about the irrelevance of dividends, the dividend crowd is quick to respond and defend their love of dividends. The problem for dividend investors in this dialogue is that there is no basis at all, whatsoever to have a preference for dividends. Showing me dividends stocks with great past returns is not b... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Why are dividends considered irrelevant in determining future stock returns?

Dividends are not a reliable factor in predicting future stock performance because stocks with the same exposure to risk factors tend to have similar average returns, whether they pay dividends or not. Dividends do not provide any unique information about a stock's future growth prospects.

Q: Do dividend growth stocks perform better than the market?

On average, dividend growth stocks do outperform the market. However, it is not the dividends themselves that contribute to better performance, but rather the stocks' exposure to value, profitability, and investment factors. Dividend growth stocks tend to have excess exposure to these factors, which explains their superior performance.

Q: Can a company's dividend policy affect its long-term results?

There is no basis in financial theory to suggest that a company's dividend policy impacts its long-term results. For a company's dividend policy to produce better returns for investors, the stock market would have to consistently misprice stocks with good dividend policies. Empirical evidence does not support this notion.

Q: Are dividends more tax-efficient than capital gains?

While dividends may seem more tax-efficient, capital gains can be just as advantageous, if not more so. When selling shares for income, investors can choose how much to sell, thereby controlling the amount of taxable capital gains. Over time, the tax advantages of dividends may not outweigh the potential benefits of capital gains.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Dividends are not a reliable indicator of future stock performance, as stocks with the same exposure to risk factors have similar average returns regardless of dividends.

  • Dividend growth stocks outperform the market on average, but it is their exposure to value, profitability, and investment factors that explain the performance differences.

  • Dividend investors argue that a company's dividend policy affects its long-term results, but there is no basis to believe this, as it depends on the market's mispricing of stocks with good dividend policies.

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