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US Market Report - The Effect of the Bush Dividend Tax Cut - April 2012

US investors are bracing themselves for the potential expiration of the 2003 Bush dividend tax cut.  To help portfolio managers prepare for this potential change in the US tax code, this Market Report uses the rich factor structure of the Barra US Equity Model to examine these issues: (1) what effect the initial tax cut had on dividend-paying stocks, (2) the impact of this policy on the overall stock market, and (3) the change in dividend policies of the issuing firms.