Dividend payments plunge by $42.5 billion in worst quarter for income investors since financial crisis


Dividends on net fell $42.5 billion in the second quarter from a year earlier.

That was the largest decline since the first quarter of 2009 during the Great Recession, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

For the S&P 500, dividends totaled $119 billion, a sharp drop from the record $127 billion in first quarter.


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