Global dividends hit an all-time quarterly record of $447.5bn in Q2, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, a long-term study of global dividend trends. They increased 5.4% year-on-year on a headline basis, equivalent to an underlying rise of 7.2% once exchange rates, special dividends, and other factors were taken into account. This was the fastest rate of growth since 2015, with new quarterly records in the US, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia, and South Korea.
All figures as of 30.06.2017, Janus Henderson Investors
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Glossary of terms
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.