When assessing the return on investment of a stock, investors should take into account this expected growth. This rate will give them an indication as to how valuable each dividend may be over time. Moreover, this rate will often influence share prices and can help predict future performance by providing insight into the company’s financial capabilities in terms of generating profits and reinvesting them back into the business.
Understanding its relationship to other metrics, such as the equity cost of capital (which should always be higher than this number otherwise it would not make sense investing), can help investors take more informed decisions prior to committing funds. This helps stabilize the market while simultaneously encouraging companies maximize shareholder value moving forward.