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The Case for Technology Dividend Growers What happens to risk/return when technology and dividend growth intersect?

It was once thought that companies from the Information Technology sector do not pay dividends. While this may have been the trend a long time ago, it certainly has not been for the last decade. Over the past 10 years, within the Information Technology sector of the S&P 500®, 26 companies initiated dividend payments and 59 companies increased their dividends at various points throughout those years, for a total of 376 dividend increases in the sector.

During the same period, with an increasing number of Information Technology companies paying dividends, the contribution to S&P 500 total return by these companies rose from 9.07% in 2009 to 16.33% in 2019 (see Exhibit 1).

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