The dividends in Europe: 15 years for nothing

Many economists are worried about Europe. With an adverse demographic trend and a lack of leadership in the technological field, Europe seems doomed to a tragic fate of economic stagnation and public debt. The most pessimistic speak of the Japanification of the economy in the sense that Japan already has these two unenviable
The analysis of the performance of equity indices does not validate this diagnosis (neither do we, but that is not the subject today). Below is the dividend’s profile of four major equity indices, with forecasts up to 2025 extracted from the dividend futures market. Economic stagnation is not where it’s supposed to be.



Over this 15-year period, it was the Japanese index that increased its dividends at the highest rate, while the dividends of the Eurostoxx50 did not increase. The message is powerful and shows that macroeconomic analysis cannot explain everything.

Total returns over the period can be split into dividend growth (A), dividend yield (B) and change in dividend yield
(C). We see that the performance of the Eurostoxx50 comes mainly from the dividend yield and the re-rating. The lack of growth clearly penalizes the European index. The Japanese index could have done better thanks to its strong dividend growth but was held back by a de-rating. Finally, the U.S. index ticked many boxes, which allowed it to outperform.


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