Australian businesses are about to pay out $24 billion in dividends when investment is at recessionary levels

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The UBS economics team led by Scott Haslem had this chart this week showing the painfully low levels of business investment in their historical context.

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This week, we also learned that Australian businesses are about to pay some $24 billion, or about 1.5% of GDP, in dividends to shareholders over the coming year.

It’s not like there’s a shortage of good ideas looking for funding.