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11 Mar 2017 (AFR) – Rates are rising but dividend yields are still too good to give up – Chase for income drives sharemarket spike in bank stocks

(11 March 2017, AFR, p26, by Philip Baker)

‘Talk to anyone over 60 years of age with one eye on retirement and the conversation quickly turns to income, especially now that interest rates are so low. For sure, it looks like rates are heading higher, but exactly when, and how high they go, is still very uncertain. With the official cash rate at a record low 1.5 per cent, it could double and still be way below its long term average. Which brings us to dividends. One reason why there was such a spike up in the sharemarket on Friday was the hunt for income.’

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