Global Dividend Index

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Global Dividend Index

Spring 2018

Key Takeaways

  • Global dividends soared 7.7% in 2017 to a record $1.252 trillion
  • Underlying dividend growth was 6.8%, and every region of the world saw an increase
  • JHGDI rose to a record 171.2, meaning dividends have risen by almost three-quarters since 2009
  • Records were broken in 11 out of the index’s 41 countries
  • Q4 continued the positive trend, up 6.4% on an underlying basis

Global dividends soared to a record $1.252 trillion in Q4, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, a long-term study of global dividend trends. They increased 7.7% year on year on a headline basis, equivalent to an underlying rise of 6.8% once exchange rates, special dividends and other factors were taken into account. This means dividends rose by almost three-quarters since 2009, with new annual records in 11 out of the index’s 41 countries, including North America, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

What is the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index?

The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index (JHGDI) is the first of its kind, long-term study into global dividend trends. It is a measure of progress that global firms are making in paying their investors an income on their capital. It analyzes dividends paid every quarter by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalization.

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