A Look at 2013's Record Trillion-Dollar Global Dividend Payout

All signs point to a heyday in dividend investing.

Mar 1, 2014 at 2:00PM

Investors around the world have a fever, and the only prescription is more dividends.

Since the credit crisis led to the so-called Great Recession, investors have clamored for reliable, income-generating stocks. Some Fools have pointed to the fervor as signs of an emerging dividend bubble; others have refuted those claims because ... well ... "that's unpossible!"

If it's not unpossible, it's definitely unlikely according to a new report by the Henderson Global Investors. The report shows that companies paid out a record-setting $1 trillion in global dividends last year. That's trillion with a "t" in case you went cross-eyed.

And Henderson's research shows that massive payouts should continue (emphasis mine):

We are living longer. For many, the savings burden is shifting from state
to individual. Interest rates remain low, as do bond yields. Never has the need for income been greater. Indeed, it will remain one of the major investment themes for generations. In recent years, equities have become a much more important hunting ground for yield.
 This is not going to change.

To provide you with some perspective on the growth, geography, and industry breakout of global dividends, I put together an infographic highlighting key takeaways from Henderson's first annual report, including the biggest international dividend-paying companies. Take a look at the following infographic.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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