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Dividend payouts are making a comeback of sorts

Dividends are gaining in popularity among companies, but they are still not close to being as common as they were in the 1980s, before a fascination with technology companies and potential capital gains led many investors to view dividend payers as stodgy and boring.

But while overall dividend payments have continued to rise this year, a growing number of companies are being forced to reduce or eliminate their payouts.

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