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The authors are very grateful for the comments of the editor and two anonymous referees on an earlier version of this paper. ABSTRACT Recent US evidence has shown that, contrary to popular wisdom, the greater the proportion of earnings paid out as dividends, the greater the subsequent real earnings growth. We extend previous work by examining whether a(More)
Despite a documented decline in the number of dividend payers in the UK it is found that aggregate real dividends paid by industrials actually increased between 1979 and 2000. This was attributed to the firms lost from the sample being generally small distributors of dividends whilst the growth in payments by large firms more than compensated for the effect(More)
We examine the effectiveness of applying a trend following methodology to global asset allocation between equities, bonds, commodities and real estate. The application of trend following offers a substantial improvement in risk-adjusted performance compared to traditional buy-and-hold portfolios. We also find it to be a superior method of asset allocation(More)
3 ABSTRACT This paper investigates the dividend decisions of firms in the UK reporting losses after sustained periods of profitability. It is found that loss-making firms are more likely to reduce dividends compared to firms that remain profitable, although a loss is far from a guarantee that the dividend payment will be reduced. A lower propensity to(More)
This paper investigates the relationship between real earnings growth, real dividend growth, the dividend payout ratio and real stock returns in the US and UK between 1900-2001. We find a positive relationship in the UK between the payout ratio and subsequent real earnings growth contrary to conventional theory, though consistent with the US evidence(More)
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