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Shareholder payouts have risen 22% worldwide year on year, according to latest Janus Henderson gauge
Record share repurchases in 2021 so far could signal optimism despite recent market dips
But some investors worry that market already reflects high levels of optimism
Income investors are enjoying a bumper crop of payouts this summer — but are they sustainable?
Energy group takes advantage of oil price rally to return cash as it plots a greener future
Payouts remain below pre-Covid levels amid caution over cash management
Energy major takes advantage of stronger energy prices to try to attract back investors
The oil group is struggling with a confusing communications strategy
Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and BofA increase payouts after Fed loosens restrictions
Payouts ‘may need to be put on hold’ if Covid-hit companies struggle to meet contributions
US companies are resuming payouts as uncertainty over the pandemic begins to ease
Rougher waters lie ahead but European and global equities may provide a new opportunity
Some calculations suggest reward over risk-free assets is at lowest level of the past decade
Energy majors lifted by oil market recovery but French group warns of volatile outlook
Companies preparing to restore payouts after pandemic cuts
Cash generation through the pandemic is impressive but takeover talk looks premature
Proposals to clamp down on excessive dividends face an early challenge: define what that means
Switch in market focus clear as shares show muted reaction to outperforming company earnings
BHP and Glencore announce $6.7bn of dividends as industry enjoys best conditions in decade
Switzerland-based group raises prospect of further cash returns if commodity prices remain strong
Earnings fell to £61bn last year, the lowest for nine years
Lenders are verging on uninvestable, making it harder to raise capital in the future
Payouts expected to remain depressed compared with 2019 levels in UK and eurozone
Firms under fire from investors for paying bonuses and dividends after receiving public cash
Businesses return £400m to government but others keep support money despite making investor payouts