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Every share market crash offers bargain shares. I’d grab cheap dividend shares today

The recent share market crash has caused many high-quality dividend shares to trade on low valuations. In the short run, their prices could move lower due to the economic impact of coronavirus. But over the long run, they have the potential to deliver a sound recovery.

Furthermore, with interest rates likely to remain at low levels as policymakers seek to support the economy during an uncertain time, the yields available from dividend shares could make them highly attractive relative to other income-producing assets. This may catalyse their prices over the coming years.

Short-term risks

The world economy is likely to continue to face risks over the coming years that could negatively impact on its growth rate. For example, there could be a second wave of coronavirus in the latter part of 2020. There may also be ongoing geopolitical uncertainty between the US and China that could cause a deterioration in global economic activity.

Despite this, now could be an opportune moment to buy dividend shares. In many cases, investors have factored in the dangers facing the world economy over the medium term. Therefore, long-term investors can take advantage of lower share prices to obtain more attractive risk/reward opportunities. Over time, investor sentiment and the world economy’s growth rate are likely to recover, which may produce rising dividends and improving share price performances.

Recovery potential

Even if there are difficulties ahead for many dividend shares, equities have a solid track record of delivering long-term growth. For example, the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 have recorded annualised total returns that are in the high-single digits since their inceptions. Therefore, even if they experience slower growth for a period of time, improved performance is likely to be ahead.

With a large proportion of the 2  indexes’ returns having been derived from the reinvestment of dividends, purchasing a selection of income shares could prove to be a sound investment for a wide range of investors. They may, for example, offer investment appeal for growth investors as well as those individuals who are seeking to generate a passive income from their portfolio.

Low-interest rates

Furthermore, dividend shares could become increasingly popular over the coming years. Low-interest rates look set to remain in place over the next few years, as policymakers seek to revitalise the economic outlook. This could make the returns on dividend shares seem far more appealing on a relative basis than other income-producing assets such as cash and bonds. Therefore, demand for income shares may increase, which could boost their prices.

As such, now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of dividend shares and hold them for the long run. They may experience some uncertainty in the near term but have the potential to offer a strong total return as the share market recovers.

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Motley Fool contributor Peter Stephens has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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