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Global stock market dividends set to hit $1.24 trillion in 2015: Here are 5 of the best dividend payers

Global dividend payouts are set to reach another all-time high in 2015, according to the latest report from the Henderson Global Dividend Index (HGDI). The report, produced by ASX and UK-listed Henderson Group plc (ASX: HGG), predicts that global dividends will reach a new high of US$1.24 trillion in 2015, up from US$1.19 trillion in 2014, and US$1.03 trillion in 2013. Amazingly, the 2015 haul will be nearly four times the $310 billion paid out in 2009!

Australia Leading the Way

The report comments fairly specifically on the second quarter of 2014 but notes that within the Asia-Pacific, Australian dividends made up just under a quarter of the regional total and growth continues to “look better than its regional peers.”

This isn’t expected to change any time soon as local and international analysts continue to predict steady earnings and dividend growth from Australia’s biggest and brightest companies.

Top Dividend Picks

The hunt for income over the last four years has pushed the yield of Australia’s largest stocks down to lower levels, however opportunities remain available for the long-term investor.

Here are five top dividend stocks for the year ahead:

Stock P/E Dividend Yield (%)
Insurance Australia Group (ASX: IAG) 11.9 6.3
National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) 14.8 6.0
JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) 12.2 5.5
Worleyparsons Limited (ASX: WOR) 12.3 6.8
Abacus Property Group (ASX: ABP) 12.5 6.5

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Motley Fool contributor Andrew Mudie does not own shares in any companies mentioned. You can find Andrew on Twitter @andrewmudie

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