The $1.15 trillion total represented a decline of 2.2% in headline terms, as the strength of the US dollar masked rapid growth from most regions of the world.
Dollar strength deducted a record $104bn from the annual total Dividend income was an important component of total shareholder return last year as it almost entirely compensated investors for the $1.3 trillion decline in share values The US was the engine of global income growth, as it pays the highest proportion of dividends As forecast, China saw its first annual decline in dividends Significant cuts in commodity dividends, particularly those based in the UK will hold growth back in 2016. Henderson has trimmed its forecast for 2016 by $10bn to $1.17 trillion, which represents headline growth of 1.6% and underlying growth of 3.3%
All figures as at 31.12.2015, Henderson Global Investors
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