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  • Don’t Be Silent 27 March 2012 6 comments
    Mar 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    As a small investor I can vote but I don't do it. Official company issues are voted based on capital weight, so my voice is almost zero to compare with institutional voices whose hold million times more shares than I have.
    But in some aspects (in particular dividend policy) my and institutional voices are equal weighted but institutions talk with company management while individual investors are often silent.

    IMO, we should and can influence companies with good dividend policies (e.g. company with positive DCR from David Fish CCC list) and communicate them our appreciation of their dividends.

    It takes only couple minutes to send email like this to investor relations:

    I really appreciate COMPANY dividend policy and think that your company did terrific job for shareholders. I hope that Board will be able to increase dividends in future. Please pass this message to your top management and Board as a voice of small but long-term ABCD investor.

    I did it couple times after company announced dividend increase.

    I believe that in difficult times than company need to decide about dividends CEO, CFO and Board will count your voice and message like one above as strong as other voices.

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  • richjoy403
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    If such messages were to have positive impact, that impact would be most appropriately applied in the week before the BoD meeting in which a dividend increase was an agenda item.

     

    (Congratulating the Stockholder Relations Department for a dividend increase already granted will be long-forgotten by the time the following dividend opportunity presents itself.)
    8 May 2012, 06:32 AM Reply Like
  • SDS (Seductive Dividend Sto...
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    Author’s reply » richjoy403
    Good timing idea, thank you! How can I figure out BoD meeting date?
    SDS
    8 May 2012, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • richjoy403
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    You might consider a msg to each Investor Relations Department asking if dividends are normally considered by their BoD in a particular month...many companies normally increase their dividends in the same month annually.

     

    If like INTC yesterday, they throw in an extra divi increase, they obviously don't need encouragement.
    8 May 2012, 10:04 AM Reply Like
  • SDS (Seductive Dividend Sto...
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    Author’s reply » Yes some companies work as clocks in their dividends, some are more random but I do not recall pre-announcements about BoD meeting (in contrast with earnings reports).

     

    Ha!... INTC is one of my biggest (I granted stocks from the company) but I do not actively monitor it because their dividends are relatively safe now and wasn't aware about the news - thanks it is good one.
    8 May 2012, 02:10 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Anybody can tell Congress to be more responsible on dividend taxes via WWW site http://tinyurl.com/aof... or via http://tinyurl.com/b38...
    10 Dec 2012, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • Adam Galas
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    A very good idea. I typically prefer high yielding investment classes like BDCs, MLPs, REITs or Shippers, who naturally pay out most cash-flow as dividends, but for corporations, where there is a balance between buybacks and dividends, this kind of lobbying is important.
    12 Feb, 12:17 PM Reply Like
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