The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index is a quarterly long-term study that analyzes dividends paid by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalization. In this video, Investment Director Jane Shoemake discusses how the clear signs of improvement seen in global dividend payouts in the first quarter of the year have led to an upgraded forecast for 2021.

Key Takeaways

  • Global dividend payouts fell at their slowest pace in a year during the first quarter of 2021, with only one company in five (18%) cutting its dividend.
  • Dividends fell far less in the U.S. during COVID-19 lockdowns than in most other parts of the world and are expected to show growth this year amid the economic recovery.
  • We have upgraded our 2021 forecast for global dividend payouts to $1.36 trillion – a headline increase of 8.4% and equivalent to an underlying rebound of 7.3%.