Charting the Course: Corporations Maintain High Levels of Distributions

Corporations are maintaining historically high levels of cash distributions to shareholders via dividends and/or stock buybacks.

  • While stock buyback levels are going down, dividend distributions are catching up the difference.
  • Corporate managers are reducing stock buybacks as stock valuations increase.
  • Distribution levels will likely stay high as long as corporate managers maintain their current high confidence levels.
  • New tax act will likely help maintain or add to the levels of corporate distributions to shareholders


Why we Chart the Course? Charts speak a thousand words. They visually and concisely show economic, financial, and market trends. Charts help us build assumptions and conduct analyses for strategic decisions like exiting businesses, deploying capital, building investment portfolios, etc. In Charting The Course, we bring to your attention some of the charts we gather and analyze in our daily research and analyses of economy, business environment, investment and capital markets. We hope you find it of value.


Founded in 1994, Defoe Redmount is independent financial advisory and asset management firm working with entrepreneurs and smaller family offices, helping them grow businesses and wealth by offering financial strategy advisory, asset management, and private equity capital.