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Since the early 1990s, international dividend-paying companies have outperformed non-dividend-paying companies by over 6% per year.

In recent years, we’ve seen a notable difference in how U.S. and international companies are using their cash. Many U.S. companies are using it to buy back stock, while the majority of international companies are returning that cash to shareholders through dividends.

Looking ahead, we believe this distinction points to international growth and income strategies providing a larger opportunity set for investors who are in search of long-term growth and steady income.

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