The DC Today - Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Episode 629: The DC Today - Tuesday, May 30, 2023

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“I agree with you overall concerning shareholder vs. stakeholder priorities in a company’s motivations.

It did occur to me, however, that often the bad behavior examples provided by the advocates of the stakeholder paradigm don’t really involve a company acting in the best interests of shareholders, but rather having a near-sighted, excessively short-term focus on quick returns at the expense of sustained gains.

My question is how in a dividend-growth framework you and your team balance the near- and far-term in a company’s approach in such a way as to genuinely promote the interests of the shareholder.”

~ Jeff M.

But of course here is the exact point – no system of investing I have encountered seems to directly and specifically focus on long-term decision making vs. short-term noise more than dividend growth! If the entire focus is on long-term sustainability of growing cash flow, various quarterly efforts at “quick returns at the expense of sustained gains” can’t possibly be tolerated. They are disqualifiers. Now, how much companies really do that is another story, but the point is the qualitative and quantitative criteria for stellar dividend growth companies are the very things that call for long term prudent actions versus short term myopia. I cannot say this enough: Dividend growth over time is both the signifier and the consequence of a well-run business.

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David Bahnsen

David Bahnsen

David is the Founder, Managing Partner, and the Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group.

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