Original article by James Kirby
The Australian – Page: 24 : 17-Oct-18
The dividend yields of Australian stocks that were once regarded as bond proxies is testing seven per cent, while the dividend yield across the broader sharemarket has risen to 4.45 per cent. However, the share prices of former bond proxies such as Telstra and the major banks have fallen sharply, and the loss of sharemarket value may offset any dividend gains. An increasingly competitive telco market is weighing on Telstra, while the banks face a number of headwinds, including the prospect of increased regulation and the impact of the financial services royal commission.
TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LIMITED – ASX BEN, BANK OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED – ASX BOQ, TPG TELECOM LIMITED – ASX TPM, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, JB HI-FI LIMITED – ASX JBH, FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE LIMITED, RAMS HOME LOANS PTY LTD, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, BANKWEST, BANK OF MELBOURNE LIMITED, HSBC AUSTRALIA HOLDINGS PTY LTD, LATITUDE FINANCIAL PARTNERS