Which Countries Pay the Best Dividends?

Income-seeking investors should be thinking globally, and protecting their returns from income tax by investing within a wrapper such as an ISA

Holly Cook 10 April, 2014 | 11:16AM

UK-listed companies have a fairly strong reputation for paying dividends to their shareholders, but for a greater slice of the pie income-seeking investors should be thinking globally.

Companies listed in the UK contribute 11% of the total global dividend pay-outs, according to a report from Henderson Global Investors, while North American companies contribute the lion’s share – 37%. Our American cousins have long been known for their relative generosity when it comes to rewarding shareholders, but European companies also contribute more to the global total than British firms, with Europe ex-UK contributing 22%, while companies primarily listed in the Emerging Markets contribute 14%. In line with the UK, Asia-Pacific companies contribute 11% and Japanese just 5%.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
BNY Mellon Global Equity Inc GBP B Inc2.01 GBP-0.51
BNY Mellon Global Income GBP Inc226.57 GBP-0.50
DWS Invest Top Dividend USD LC181.30 USD-0.59
M&G Global Dividend GBP A Inc221.91 GBP-0.67
Veritas Global Equity Income A GBP205.00 GBP-0.52

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Holly Cook

Holly Cook  is Manager, Morningstar EMEA Websites

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