companies around the world last year paid a dividend to shareholders on a record amount of 1.43 trillion dollars, writes The Guardian.
the Record annual dividend payments from public companies due to the high performance of the equity markets in North America and developing countries, and some unusually large special dividend, although global economic uncertainty has slowed the annual rate of growth.
the Total amount of payments in 2019 was 3.5% higher than a year earlier.
Analysts at Janus Henderson, specializing in asset management, analyzed the dividends paid by the 1,200 largest companies in the world in 2019. They found that payments to shareholders from British and European companies were less generous than the world average.
Payments to investors from the oil companies grew faster, by 10%, while dividends from the Telecom companies dropped.