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September 17, 2021

Peter Thornhill's My Say - No. 69

This one is good news.

I want to cover a couple of topics here so will curtail my verbosity. Let’s begin with another update, the Listed Property Trust index. I had covered yet again in detail in ‘My Say No 63’ so I merely want to confirm the trend.

The chart below says it all but let me remind you that by ignoring LPT’s as part of your portfolio you can harvest a tidy increase in your performance and income. Keep the lead out of the saddle bag.


Return on Invest of $100,000 Dec 1979-2020

I would like you to pay particular attention to the reduction in industrial dividends in 2020 caused by the impact of Covid and I will ask you to return to this chart again soon.

On a happier note, I thought I would allow you to see what a resilient share market looks like. Below is the S&P 500 from the time the second world war broke out to December 2020, noting that the US economy is not reliant on digging stuff out of the ground with materials representing only 2.64% of their index (versus 18.5% in the ASX!).

As some of you may have idle time; consider all the ‘horrifying’ events that have transpired over the last 80 years and take some comfort from the fact that human endeavour does not grind to a halt.  Also notice the resilience of the dividend stream.


Return on Investment of $10,000


No doubt we are facing unpleasant times at present, so I was looking for a little bit of good news and, hey presto I got great news instead. I foreshadowed in My Say No 67 (July) my optimism regarding the forthcoming dividend season in a suitably low-key manner and I quote.

“The next dividend season for the second half of this year kicks off in Aug – Sept and I am reasonably confident that we will see an improvement again. Same old, same old!”

How was I to know the magnitude of the event until this article appeared in this morning’s SMH (16th Sept) and brought a smile to my face.

“If you thought dividends have caused a bit of market turbulence in recent weeks, hold on to your hat. According to Commsec, distributions to investors is about to hit its peak. The broker says ASX 200 companies paid about $5.5 billion in dividends to investors between mid-August and September 17, but the distributions will reach a peak starting next week with more than $15 billion cash handed to investors.
CommSec estimates that more than $41 billion in dividends will be paid in coming weeks compared to just $25.8 billion for the interim reporting season in February and $21.6 billion during the 2020 reporting season. In the February 2020 season, the last season untainted by COVID concerns, it was $27.5 billion. “Some analysts are forecasting record annual dividend growth of around 17 per cent, more than triple the average annual growth rate,” Commsec’s chief economist Craig James said.”

I hope you are there to enjoy the shower coming our way. The only dampener to my joy was remembering my newsletter No 67 referencing the huge foreign ownership of Australian companies. Since most Australians are totally dazzled by gambling on unproductive residential property, too much of that $41 billion will slip away overseas.

However, if I may show my age, that will have no effect on the dollars about to coming raining down on our heads. Refer back to my first chart and consider the leap in the yellow bar we are about to experience.

I wish all subscribers good health and wealth for the future.

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