Asian companies pose lower dividend risk due to stronger finances


(Reuters) – Asian firms appear better equipped to pay stable dividends compared with their western counterparts that are constrained by highly levered balance-sheets and a need to preserve cash during the coronavirus outbreak.

FILE PHOTO: A man wearing protective face mask, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks in front of a stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo

As major global central banks push interest rates to near-zero, yield-seeking investors are on the hunt for assets that provide a stable income.

Analysts say that while Asian companies are also

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