Global Dividends Could Fall 35% in 2020

Income investors braced for the worst this year, but not all regions and sectors will be equally affected, according to Janus Henderson survey

James Gard 18 May, 2020 | 8:55AM

Currencies

The plight of income investors in the coronavirus crisis has been underlined by the latest dividend survey by Janus Henderson, which estimates a worst-case scenario could see a 35% drop in global dividends this year.

The asset manager’s quarterly Global Dividend Index looks at likely scenarios for income payouts this year. The best-case scenario sees a drop of 15% from 2019 to total pay outs of $1.21 trillion – a loss of $213 billion year on year. A worst-case scenario would see a 35% fall to $933 billion - a fall of nearly $500 billion.

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