Global Dividend Index


Global Dividend Index

February 2019

Key Takeaways

  • Global dividends rose 9.3% to a record $1.37 trillion, equivalent to core underlying growth of 8.5%, the best performance since 2015
  • Nine in 10 companies globally increased dividends or held them flat
  • Thirteen countries delivered record payouts, including Japan, the US, Canada, Germany and Russia
  • Emerging markets, North America and Japan performed strongest, while Europe lagged behind
  • Banking and mining payouts rose strongly, while telecoms saw the weakest performance
  • Janus Henderson forecasts 2019 dividends 3.3% higher at $1.414 trillion, equivalent to underlying growth of 5.1%

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, Janus Henderson’s 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.


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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