The Australian: Global dividends on the rise
Despite global sharemarkets falling heavily in the last quarter, 2018 was a strong year for dividends.
Some $1.8 trillion was paid out to shareholders across developed markets — a $200 billion, or 12.6 per cent, increase from the year before, according to research by Plato Investment Management.
“More than half of companies worldwide increased their dividends per share,” said Don Hamson, managing director of Plato Investment Management.
More than 1300 companies increased dividends-per-share payment, while only 148 decreased them, and just 1.8 per cent of dividend-paying companies cut payouts to zero in the fourth quarter.
Dividends rose across almost all developed-market countries, with significant rises in Austria, Singapore and Germany. In contrast, Israel and New Zealand reported no increases.
Read the full article in The Australian.