EDITION 31, AUGUST 2021
Janus Henderson
Global Dividend Index

The first-of-its-kind, this is a quarterly, long-term study into global dividend trends, it analyses dividends paid by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalisation. It is a measure of progress that global firms are making in paying their investors an income on their capital.

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A STRONG DIVIDEND RECOVERY IS UNDERWAY – GLOBAL DIVIDENDS JUMPED BY 26.3% YEAR-ON-YEAR, RECOVERING TO US$471.7 BILLION, ONLY 6.8% BELOW THEIR Q2 2019 LEVELS.

84% OF COMPANIES INCREASED THEIR DIVIDENDS OR HELD THEM STEADY COMPARED TO Q2 2020.

JANUS HENDERSON UPGRADES ITS 2021 FORECAST TO US$1.39 TRILLION FROM US$1.36 TRILLION; THIS NEW FORECAST IS JUST 3% BELOW THE PRE-PANDEMIC PEAK.

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Key findings

Unless otherwise stated all data is sourced by Janus Henderson Investors as of 30 June 2021.

Glossary of terms

Volatility The rate and extent at which the price of a portfolio, security or index, moves up and down. If the price swings up and down with large movements, it has high volatility. If the price moves more slowly and to a lesser extent, it has lower volatility. It is used as a measure of the riskiness of an investment.
Headline dividends The sum total of all dividends received.
Headline growth Change in total gross dividends.
Special dividends Typically, one-off payouts made by companies to shareholders that are declared to be separate from their regular dividend cycle.
Underlying dividend growth Headline dividend growth adjusted for special dividends, change in currency, timing effects and index changes.

Previous editions

Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, Edition 31