The Outlook for Dividends

A few companies are cutting them, but payouts are healthy overall.

If cash were grass, it would be up to the third-floor windows on Wall Street. And yet, despite all the money sitting on corporate balance sheets, such noteworthy companies as General Electric (symbol GE) and Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) have slashed their dividends in the past 12 months. And dividend growth overall is expected to slow in 2019.

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John Waggoner
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.