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Over the last 20 years, Dutch listed companies have spent more and more of their (borrowed) money on distributing profits to shareholders. Debt increased, investments stagnated and wages fell behind.

From 2000 until the start of the corona crisis, distributions to shareholders grew by a staggering 500%. These are the main conclusions of the report ‘Shareholders First. How companies became dividend machines.’


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