By Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy & Chief Economist from Oliver’s Insights, AMP Capital, Edition 26 2014

Key points

  • Dividends are great for investors as decent dividends augur well for earnings growth, they provide a degree of security in uncertain and volatile times, they are likely to comprise a relatively high  proportion of returns going forward and they provide a relatively stable and attractive source of income.
  • If dividends are allowed for the value of an investment in Australian shares has surpassed its 2007 record high.
  • It’s important that dividend imputation is retained in Australia to ensure dividends are not taxed twice and companies continue to pay out decent dividends.

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