June 24, 2015

Activist investors have been pressing U.S. companies to return extra cash to shareholders through dividends or stock buybacks, and companies have been obliging them. Surely, individual investors may be asking themselves, “Is this really the best use of excess cash?” Reality Shares decided to investigate, and the results might surprise you.

You can read our entire report, including a list of the 10 worst-performing companies, on TheStreet.com. And be sure check out Barron’s Speaking of Dividends column where Reality Shares CEO Eric Ervin discusses the report.


As of March 31, 2015. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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