JUN 7 2012 – Commentary on Dividends

Recent corporate earnings announcements are a good reminder that in the midst of many destabilizing economic problems, there remain many solid businesses with good balance sheets that are increasing their payouts to shareholders. This contrasts with the health and balance sheets of many sovereign states whose problem finances are real and seem intractable. However, while the future is unknown and the media and market intensely focus on the problems and possible solutions to come, many businesses we own in our portfolios, continue to increase dividends.

Here are some examples that have been paid in the First Quarter and announced for the Second Quarter:

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