Two Reasons To Invest In Global Dividend-Paying Stocks

Investors looking for dividend income can consider adding foreign dividend stocks. I have written many articles before on why US investors must go overseas hunting for higher dividends. This article is another installment on the same topic.

In addition to getting the benefits of portfolio diversification, adding global dividend payers also makes sense for a variety of reasons. Two of the reasons are discussed below.

1. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s total dividends are paid by companies outside the U.S.  The chart below from a long-term Henderson Global Investors shows the split of  total dividends paid in 2013:

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2013 Total Global Dividends Paid by Region

Source: Henderson Global Dividend Index, Edition Two, May 2014, Henderson Global Investors

2. Dividends paid outside the U.S. are much higher. The following chart shows that the dividend payout ratio in the U.S. is lower than in Australia, Continental Europe and the UK.

Dividend Payout Ratio by Region

Source: Going global pays dividends, September 2014, Henderson Global Investors

Five top global dividend payers are listed below with their current dividend yields for further research:

1.Company: British American Tobacco PLC (BTI)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.38%
Country: UK

2.Company: Vodafone Group PLC (VOD)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.06%
Sector: Wireless Telecom
Country: UK

3.Company: AstraZeneca PLC (AZN)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.09%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: UK

4.Company: Sanofi (SNY)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.06%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: France

5.Company:Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CMWAY)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.56%
Sector: Banking
Country: Australia

Note: Dividend yields noted above are as of Oct 13, 2014. Data is known to be accurate from sources used.Please use your own due diligence before making any investment decisions.

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