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

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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