Dividends Reach $1 Trillion

Pivotfarm's picture


We all know that money doesn’t exist and that it’s nothing more than virtual movements from one bank to another, but where is it all going exactly? Is it just fuelling the stock market, going round in circles and coming back to the original place it was in? The world’s biggest blue-chip companies have seen their dividend pay-outs top $1 trillion for the first time ever and yet there is not a lot of that filtering down into the economy. Where’s it all going?

Around the world, investors got the priceless sum of $1.027 trillion paid out in dividends in 2013. Never have dividends been so high and yet, there is nothing that seems to show that we are doing any better in terms of our growth or overall economic situation. Henderson Global Investors has just published a report showing that since 2009 dividends have increased by $310 billion and the total sum of the largest companies has never been better. There are some that must be getting a share of the pie that is overloaded with stodge and so much cream that they won’t know what to do with it. There’s no wonder that Facebook will snap up WhassApp for the unbelievable sum of $19 billion. The “incredibly valuable” app (in Mark Zuckerberg’s own words) will be adding to the portfolio of Facebook and bringing in greater returns on investors’ money (that’s the hope of the founder of Facebook, at least).

• For the first time ever it’s the Asia-Pacific region that has brought in the highest rate of growth for investors concerning dividends being paid out. 
• The dividends from this region have increased by 79% since 2009.
• Global dividends have seen a rise of 43%.
• In 2009, global dividends stood at $717 billion. 
• Australia is the best place to get dividends apparently, with a total pay-out worth $40.3 billion. 
• Australia saw a rise of 10.2% in 2013. 
• As a measuring stick the USA only increased its dividend pay-outs by 1.1%.
• Hong Kong is second with $33 billion. 
• Taiwan is the third best place with just $8.9 billion.

It’s the USA however that represents nearly 33% of the total pay-outs being made, at a grand total of $31.9 billion. US companies have increased their pay-outs by nearly 50% since 2009. Of course, you might not need to think very hard to see that it’s the financial sector that pays the most, paying out $218 billion. Only technology stocks have seen a bigger increase in percentage terms of their pay-outs to investors. This sector has rocketed by 15.5% standing at $62.2 billion for last year. Energy has been fairing rather well too with a total of $124.9 billion being paid out.

Europe has seen its dividend pay-out rise by 8% (excluding the UK) and this area now stands at $199.8 billion for 2013. According to Henderson Global Investors’ report the UK has seen an increase of 11% in the money being paid out in dividends, adding that this is disproportionate in comparison with the size of the UK economy and the economic activity of the country.

Whatever happened to the belief that companies liked re-investing (in particular US companies) so that they could develop research and come up with new ideas, building a stable economic outlook for the future? The Henderson Global Investors’ report has debunked that one lock, stock and barrel. Now, it’s more of ‘cut and run while you can’ rather than re-investing in the future. Today, it’s no longer a question of raking in the billions (let alone talking in millions, which we gave up long ago). Today, we can only talk in trillions.

What could you get for $1,000,000,000,000? Here are some ideas…

• 140 billion hours of labor in the USA. 
• Take-on 18 million new teachers and pay them for the entire year. 
• Ensure that Congress is running for the next 10 thousand years (perhaps we don’t need to add this to the list?). 
• Be able to spend $1 million a day for the next three millenniums. 
• Purchase 5.5 thousand US average homes…and so the list goes on.

The report by Henderson Global Investors will be published every quarter and was published for the 1st time today.

Originally posted: Dividends Reach $1 Trillion

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TrustbutVerify's picture

Good thing the 99%ers (whatever that means) are protected from having even a small percentage of their social security in the stock market, especially the lower echelons.  Government protection at its best. (sarc) 

Ar-Pharazôn's picture

so... let me be straight?


when pivotfarm became a socialist propaganda agent?


taking the money from someone else, to give it to people less fortunate.... uhhhhhmmmmmm what could possibly go wrong?

Orwell was right's picture

Another shill article from PivotFarm....regurgitating dividend information, but only after he adds a vague first paragraph about "virtual money".      

TheReplacement's picture

MIC ran into a brick wall deciphering alien tech and now everything is at a standstill. 


Bernankenstein's picture

How about pay for a lavish funeral for 100 million banker/jumpers?

Emergency Ward's picture

PF -- Henderson Global has dazzled you with redistributionist schemes for all that dividend loot.  There is only one legitimate use for cash set aside for dividends: TO PAY IT OUT TO SHAREHOLDERS !!

rbg81's picture

Why are dividend stocks so popular?  Gee, uh.....maybe because banks and USTs aren't paying any interest.  Duh.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

At what point does the dirty money being laundered through the world economy by the FED become clean?

When does the debasing stop?

lasvegaspersona's picture

gosh (channeling Napoleon Dynamite) a trillion seems like a lot...until one recalls that in Zimbabwe in 2002 the largest denomination in cash was the 100 Zim dollar bill...within 6 years the 100 Trillion dollar note would not buy you 3 eggs....so enjoy those dividends...and all that 'wealth' being created daily in the stock market...I'm certain you'll get a trillion dollars worth of stuff for it.

Conax's picture

Whoops, a typo.

"the USA however that represents nearly 33% of the total pay-outs being made, at a grand total of $31.9 billion."

ERRNNnnt-   error  faulty mathematics by a factor of 10



Its_the_economy_stupid's picture

if the number was important, it would be accurate. never let facts get in the way of making an argument.


stacking12321's picture

"We all know that money doesn’t exist"


why doesn't gold exist, exactly?

it might not exist in the fictitious gold filled vaults of the federal reserve, as the bundesbank found out, but it exists IRL.