The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index is a quarterly long-term study that analyses dividends paid by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalisation. In this video, Investment Director Jane Shoemake explains that, despite the severity of the recession last year, global dividends appear on track to regain their pre-pandemic levels within the next 12 months.

Key Takeaways

  • Global dividends jumped 26.3% year-on-year, recovering to US$471.7 billion – just 6.8% below their Q2 2019 levels.
  • Companies restarting cancelled payouts contributed three quarters of the underlying surge.
  • Globally, more than eight in ten (84%) of companies increased their dividends or held them steady.
  • We have upgraded our 2021 forecast to US$1.39 trillion from US$1.36 trillion; this new forecast is just 3% below the pre-pandemic peak.