A jackpot for dividend investors
Several companies are announcing special one-time payouts or moving their payout dates into December. But there's a flip side to all this largess.
Wal-Mart (WMT) had previously scheduled its fourth-quarter dividend payout for early January, but Monday became the latest company to move the payment into December. The company is expected to offer $1.34 billion to shareholders, Reuters reports. The stock rose about 1% Monday to $68.78.
Several companies are shifting dividends around or announcing special one-time payouts, particularly as it looks increasingly likely that the tax burden for the wealthiest Americans will increase in 2013.
IDT (IDT) canceled a 15-cent quarterly dividend in favor of a 60-cent special dividend this month, Bloomberg reports. Wynn Resorts (WYNN) is giving out a special $750 million dividend this week. Awarding a payout this year before taxes rise could save CEO Steve Wynn some $20 million, The New York Times reports. This month, Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) announced its first-ever special dividend of $1.50 a share. Tyson Foods (TSN) announced its first special dividend since 1977.
Other companies moving dividends into December include Hot Topic (HOTT) and The Buckle (BKE).
It's all an attempt to avoid what some are calling the "dividend cliff" -- the prospect of the dividend tax rate going from 15% to as much as 39.6% for the wealthiest Americans.
President George W. Bush cut taxes on dividends and other capital gains in 2003, giving Americans -- particularly the richest ones -- an extraordinary financial break for almost a decade. But those tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress takes action.
Those dividend tax rates are one of the hot topics in the budget negotiations between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans. Already, some insiders are talking about a deal that will bring the dividend tax rate to about 20%.
But there's another 3.8% in dividend taxes that will kick in next year. That's because Obama's health care law has a 3.8% dividend tax increase written into it, and with Obama's re-election, that increase is all but a sure thing at this point.
Even though fiscal cliff discussions are ongoing, it's a pretty sure bet that dividend taxes are going up no matter what. And while it may seem like a jackpot for investors now, the flip side of the issue is this: Dividends may dry up next year after the 2012 binge is over.
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Countless retired people depend upon dividend income for survival.. Both rich and poor retirees will be hurt by a increase in capital gains taxes. Really quite sad that people that have invested quietly over 20 or 30 years are now going to be taxed at a higher rate.
Thaks retirees. Thanks for busting your butt all those years so you can give more to the Federal Government.
"But there's another 3.8% in dividend taxes that will kick in next year no matter what. That's because Obama's health care law has a 3.8% dividend tax increase written into it, and with Obama's re-election, that increase is all but a sure thing at this point.
Even though fiscal cliff discussions are ongoing, it's a pretty sure bet that dividend taxes are going up no matter what. And while it may seem like a jackpot for investors now, the flip side of the issue is this: Dividends may dry up next year after the 2012 binge is over."
If the dividends DRY-UP so will the investors!
It taxes we use to pay(except for maybe the 3.8%) that might be a little burdensome without gains on investments to cover it...?
Sure dividends could dry up...That's always a Board priviledge.
DON'T INVEST IN THOSE COMPANIES...
If a Company is making good money and only rewards the Executives...And does nothing for the shareholders or workers...They should go out of business....NOT WORTH THEIR SALT.
I difficult thing for you ADHD types. Would there be a 47% if 53% weren't turning formerly US-employing businesses into cardboard cut-out businesses that drop-ship and administrate? Get off your horse and restore JOBS. Paper and button pushing are Minimum Wage jobs. When you are willing to certify that America is still self-sustaining (instantly), let us know. Stocks are false, currency is fiat, computers are counter-productive when used to control and manipulate. Wisdom says: never let the college kid drive the tractor unless you can afford to fix it and what it destroys. No kidding.
And? If your publicly traded company mass terminated people, pumped up pay to the deadbeats in the leased office suite, sold the factories, sold the trade secrets, exploited the brand label and was reduced to a market gambling hunk of junk... why would anyone invest in it? Getting ride of the dividend stops otherwise sensible people from looking at your business like it actually is one. The days of smoke and mirrors are over. Where are you going to go now that you've screwed the whole world? Do you know what the reaction is- to the action of folding cardboard cut-out businesses up? It's re-employing America and reducing the paper pusher to the lackey not the CEO. Administrators who can start up and operate successful enterprises that aren't in money handling, paper or button pushing or consulting... make good test animals in the labs.
Taxes on capital gains? Oh boo hoo, boo hoo. Ok, let's take a look at investing and capital gains. IF a person invested in an existing company/stock how have they helped the economy, nada, nope, none and zip. But they say, "I bought stock and invested in ABC company, I helped them grow and expand" No you didn't, you invested in a stock only to make money. (Nothing wrong with that) Only if you invested in an IPO did you invest DIRECTLY in a company.
You go to work to make money for the day to day expenses of life and hopefully, a bit left over to "invest" whether it's a stock for ABC company, an IPO, a savings account, pre-paid college tuition for your kid or even to pay down your mortgage. If you make a paycheck you pay taxes. It's that simple. If you go to the race track and win more than $600.00, you pay taxes. If you buy a stock and sell it at a profit/gain, you pay taxes and since the gain is "free money" why shouldn't you pay taxes at a higher rate. Come on, Even if the rate is 30 or 36%, you still have 70 or 65% left over to go to the race track and blow it all.
Don't forget, If you have losses in the market, selling at a loss, you can offset any gains by the amount of losses.
As I said above, capital gain taxes? Boo hoo hoo. Man up, (sorry ladies) pay up, shut up and get a life!
How to lose your assets in less that 45 days: There are less than 45 days left before Year End. The Fiscal Cliff looms and publicly traded companies who lived fully off stock activity are preparing one last dividend offering before the bottom falls out. Which comes first- payment of the dividend or bankruptcy filings? When a business announces a dividend sharing, it says "shareholders on day XX of record will be paid on day XX". With the exception of yesterday's criminally-orchestrated market pump, markets have been steadily declining since Election Day. Layoffs and terminations have been increasing. The 3rd quarter was dismal. The big events of the 4th quarter aren't building any momentum. It is very likely that dividend qualification day occurs on a downward slope. Shorters would have that covered and literally cause a stock price to fall below the value of the dividend. The next day of course, dividend w.hores sell out and cause that stock to collapse entirely. Shorters get paid first because there is no delay like the dividend so by the time dividend payout day arrives... it could come a day and dollar too late. The kicker... a great deal of this activity will come from two sources-- illegal offshore (dark) and super computerized funds. The very real potential exists that around or on 12/21/12, combined computerized and adverse influences wipes out the financial sector completely. Not a fantasy... consider the aspects and manipulation culminating in a single bad trade/sale day. BOOM... Wall Street is out of business.
Laugh it off now. Fools always do. I may not be Roubini but we tend to arrive at the same answers fairly often. Too many on the deck, all leaning in the same direction. No economy in offset. Gravity. It's not rocket science, just commonsense. When YOU are broke, it's the shelter not bail, ahead.
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