ANZ, NAB Sit Atop of Dwindling Australian Bank Dividends: Chart

Dividends are one reason why banks are the worst-performing stocks in Australia this year. Payouts to shareholders are taking a hit amid lower loan margins and more regulatory scrutiny on mortgages and capital requirements. Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. cut its dividend in May, and analysts project National Australia Bank Ltd. will lower its payments as well.

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