- Global dividends rose 5.1% in Q3 to a record $354.2 billion
- Underlying growth was 9.2%, continuing the strong growth reported in Q2
- All-time record payouts in Canada, Taiwan, India and the United States, but Australia lagged well behind
- Chinese dividends grew for the first time in four years
- Dividends forecast to be $1.359 trillion in 2018 with underlying growth upgraded to 8.1%
The third quarter delivered another excellent quarter for global dividends as the continuing strength of the world economy boosted corporate profitability around the world, according to the latest Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson. Payouts rose 5.1% to a comfortable third quarter record of $354.2 billion. The United States, Canada, Taiwan and India all saw all-time record quarterly payouts, while Chinese dividends returned to growth, after three years of contraction.
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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