Global dividends jumped to a record $244.7 billion in the first quarter, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index, the first of its kind, long-term study of global dividend trends. They increased 10.2% year-on-year on a headline basis, equivalent to an underlying rise of 5.9% once exchange rates, special dividends and other factors were considered.First quarter records were broken in one in four of the index’s 41 countries. In Canada and the U.S., all-time records were broken. We expect the full-year total to reach $1.358 trillion, an increase of 8.5%.
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