Apple Dividends

An investment contributor for U.S. News and World Report, is working on a story about Apple and its dividend history, policy and performance. Please reply to some/all of these questions *via email* by end of day Thursday, Mar. 8. Include the *official title* of the person replying, and where they are based. 1. What are some of the possible reasons that Apple did not offer a dividend for so long? 2. How has Apple’s dividend performed over the years, and is there a change that the company will turn into a reliable source of strong dividends in the years to come? 3. An even more vaunted status would be joining the companies that are “dividend kings.” Apple has obviously a way to go, but is there a chance it could happen? What would it take to get there? 4. Does Apple’s dividend represent a fair return or is it stingy compared to other high-tech giants? Why? 5. Looking ahead, what might investors expect from Apple’s dividend? 6. Do you have anything else to add? Due to the volume of anticipated answers, I won’t be able to use/answer all replies, but will do my best. I look forward to making new friends in the PR world in 2018! Lou Carlozo, the managing editor at the Bank Administration Institute (BAI), is a longtime investment contributor to U.S. News & World Report.