Global Dividends Shrug Off Volatility, Soar to Record High

 In Market and Investment Insights

Global dividends rose to a new record in 2018, with a strong fourth quarter for dividend payments despite more challenging equity market conditions, according to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index. Total dividends jumped 9.3% in headline terms to $1.37 trillion. On an underlying basis, our preferred measure of core growth, this was equivalent to an increase of 8.5%, the best performance since 2015, and above the long-term trend of 5-7%. Almost nine in 10 companies around the world raised their payouts or held them steady. We forecast 2019 dividends 3.3% higher at $1.414 trillion, equivalent to underlying growth of 5.1%

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