Global Dividends Hit Record High

Global dividend payouts have risen 13% in the three months to the end of June, hitting a new record high of $497 billion

Emma Wall 20 August, 2018 | 10:28AM

Global equities have paid out nearly $500 billion in dividends in the three months

Global equities have paid out nearly $500 billion in dividends in the three months to the end of June – up 13% on the same quarter in 2017, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index. Dividends rose across the globe, with record breaking pay-outs in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, and the United States.

Europe ex-UK was the star region for income investors, rewarding shareholders with a record $176.5 billion, an increase of 18.7%. This was boosted by currency fluctuations, but underlying growth was 7.5%. Very few companies cut their dividends in the last quarter, including Deutsche Bank (DBX), EDF (EDF) and Credit Suisse (CSGN).

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Credit Suisse Group AG9.86 CHF2.09
Deutsche Bank AG8.83 EUR2.45
Electricite de France SA9.24 EUR2.10
General Electric Co6.69 USD1.67

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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