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Dividends, franking and the new normal - a 40% decline?

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With major Australian companies cutting and deferring dividends, investors relying on equities for income are facing a challenging year ahead. Martin Currie’s Australian equity team have crunched the numbers and estimate a cut of 40% in yield for the ASX200 in 2020.


So what are investors to do? In this timely conversation, investment specialist Eu-Jene Teng outlines:

  • The expected fall in earnings from Covid19, and how quickly investors can expect a bounce back
  • How dividends are likely to fare
  • Whether payout ratios are likely to be reduced permanently and what that means for equity investors
  • Which sectors offer the most promising outlook for yield, and 
  • How to position your portfolio to minimise the damage of an economic downturn.

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