July 6, 2021
With bond yields far from even survivable for most, income investors aren't necessarily sure where to turn to find the passive income they are used to. However, Euro dividends have turned around and are starting to look like a safe haven for income investors. Although cuts and suspensions slashed dividend returns last year as the pandemic ate at the bottom line for many companies, MSCI Europe Index returned 15% in the first half of the year (similar to the S&P), but yields were 2.5% vs the S&P’s 1.4%.
Regulations are a significant factor: in the U.S., regulators mainly sought to prevent stock buybacks of big banks, but in Europe, regulators halted dividends explicitly and implicitly among many industries. This has left a large dividend hole for many companies to dig themselves out of.
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