Microsoft: No Pied Piper of Dividends

While its move to make payouts is significant, dividend expert Chuck Carlson thinks only a few tech outfits will follow

Microsoft's announcement that it will start paying a dividend is a watershed, especially for technology companies and for dividend-reinvestment plans (DRIPs -- in which a stockholder agrees to have his or her dividends used to purchase more of the company's stock). That's the word from Chuck Carlson, CEO of Horizon Publishing and Horizon Investment Services -- and editor of the DRIP Investor newsletter.

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