In this video we look at the issue of whether big businesses should continue to pay dividends to shareholders during the economic crisis.
A dividend is a payment from the accumulated profits earned by a company to shareholders who qualify for such a payment.
A dividend can only be paid if the company has sufficient reserves of profit.
Quoted public companies usually split the annual dividend into two payments – the "interim" (paid after six months trading) and the "final" (paid at the end of the financial year).
Dividends in the UK
Business case for cutting / scrapping dividends
Risks for businesses from cutting dividends
Wider economic impact of cutting dividends
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