Stock buybacks have been in the news a lot recently. In 2018, companies repurchased insane amounts of their stock. But this is hardly a new practice. Stock buybacks have occurred for decades and are a common tool to provide value to shareholders. In today’s installment of our Financial Education series, we will examine stock buybacks, some pros and cons, and discuss how this impacts dividend investors!
In a recent article, Lanny broke down what a dividend is and highlighted what is so great about receiving a dividend. When I first started learning about dividend investing, there were a lot of articles and emphasis on assessing a company’s dividend payout ratio. So I thought I would take some time today, provide a definition for the payout ratio, show how to calculate the metric, and some other details/tricks of the trade that we have picked up over the years as we continue to invest in dividend growth stocks.