Dividend Yields Around the World

Dividend yields vary considerably in different stock markets throughout the world. In 1999 in the United States, dividend yields averaged 1.6 percent for the large blue chip stocks in the Dow Jones Industrials, 1.2 percent for a broader sample of stocks in the S&P 500, and 0.3 percent for

Dividend

World Stock Market (Index)

Yield

New Zealand

5.7%

Australia

3.1

Britain FTSE 100

2.4

Hong Kong

2.4

France

2.1

Germany

2.1

Belgium

2.0

Singapore

1.7

stocks in the high-tech-dominated Nasdaq. Outside the United States, average dividend yields ranged from 5.7 percent in New Zealand to 0.7 percent in Taiwan. The accompanying table summarizes the dividend picture in 1999.

Dividend

World Stock Market (Index)

Yield

United States (Dow Jones Industrials)

1.6

Canada (TSE 300)

1.5

United States (S&P 500)

1.2

Mexico

1.1

Japan Nikkei

0.7

Taiwan

0.7

United States (Nasdaq)

0.3

Source: From Alexandra Eadie, "On the Grid Looking for Dividend Yield Around the World," The Globe and Mail, June 23, 1999, B16. Eadie's source was Bloomberg Financial Services. Reprinted with permission from The Globe and Mail.

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