Closed-End Fund Market Commentaries
Jan 12, 2017
View from the Observation Deck
1. As of the close of 2016, 418, or 83%, of the constituents in the S&P 500 Index distributed a dividend to shareholders, up significantly from 351 at the end of 2002 (not shown in chart), according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.The bear market in stocks that proceeded the bursting of the bubble in the technology sector in March 2000 ended in October 2002.
2. For comparative purposes,since 1980,the highest number of dividend-paying stocks in the S&P 500 Index at year-end was 469 (1980), according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.