Published Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:13:08 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
I have on occasion seen the equation put forth here on Seeking Alpha that Dividend Yield plus Dividend Growth equals Return. This is a mathematical fallacy. To quote the ever wise David Van Knapp: it's like "adding the speed of a car to its acceleration--the result makes no sense." But why do some dividend investors continue to cite this as a metric? I considered my own previous article in this series. In this article, I analyzed something that I know dividend investors intuitively understand...there is an inverse mathematical relationship between dividend yield and dividend growth. In other words, to end up with an equal result over some time period, a stock with a lower current dividend yield must have a higher growth rate than a stock with a higher current yield. Unfortunately, I think a few investors (perhaps understandably) extrapolate this relationship to conclude that it is perfectly symmetric...i.e. at...
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|PROCTER & GAMBLE||79.97||23.8||3.37||2.65||3.31|
|JOHNSON & JOHNSON||98.28||17.5||5.68||3.00||3.05|
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