BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- In the past few years, financial stocks have been like poison for income investors. No other sector so brutally slashed at dividends when the financial crisis hit in 2008 -- and few have kept their payouts so low in the years since.
So why bother looking at them now?
To be fair, there were some extra factors pressuring dividend payouts. After the crash, banks' dividends became the business of the Treasury, which gets to regulate who can pay dividends and how much they can pay. And beyond bank holding company status, heightened capital requirements are another overhead pressure on dividend payouts.
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