Global Dividend Index

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Global Dividend Index

May 2019

Key Takeaways

  • Global dividends shrugged off concerns over global economic growth, rising 7.8% to a first-quarter record of US$263.3bn
  • Underlying growth was 7.5% with the impact of large special dividend payments offset by exchange rate moves
  • Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index rose to a record level of 190.1
  • No change in our 2019 forecast as higher special dividends are offset by the strength of the US dollar
  • Janus Henderson expects a record US$1.43 trillion in payments this year, up 4.2% in headline terms, or 5.2% on an underlying basis

Global dividends shrugged off concerns about the world economy, rising 7.8% on a headline basis in the first quarter, and reaching a first-quarter record of US$263.3bn, according to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index. Underlying growth of 7.5% followed the same trend as large special dividends were offset by negative exchange-rate effects.

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What is the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index?

The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index (JHGDI) is a 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, using 2009 as a base year with starting index value 100. It analyzes dividends paid every quarter by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalization.

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