A Look at the Financials Sector’s Dividend Yield: Part One

Financials and basic materials

Financials and basic materials have dividend yields of 2.5% and 2.4%, respectively.

Within the financials industry, diversified investment services and diversified REITs noted the highest and second-highest dividend yields. Diversified investment services, diversified REITs, specialized REITs, commercial REITs, residential REITs, investment management and fund operators, life and health insurance, closed-end funds, and banks have beaten the broad-based indexes’ dividend yields.

A Look at the Financials Sector’s Dividend Yield: Part One

Industries under this sector and the top dividend payers under the respective industries include:

  • diversified investment services with a dividend yield of 7.3% and Cohen & Company (COHN)
  • diversified REITs with a dividend yield of 7.1% and Colony NorthStar (CLNS)
  • specialized REITs with a dividend yield of 5% and Public Storage (PSA)
  • commercial REITs with a dividend yield of 4.1% and Simon Property Group (SPG)
  • residential REITs with a dividend yield of 3.6% and AvalonBay Communities (AVB)
  • investment management and fund operators with a dividend yield of 3.1% and the Blackstone Group (BX)
  • life and health insurance with a dividend yield of 2.9% and China Life Insurance Company Limited (LFC)
  • closed-end funds with a dividend yield of 2.9% and Ares Capital (ARCC)
  • banks with a dividend yield of 2.8% and Bancolombia (CIB)
  • investment trusts with a dividend yield of 2.3% and Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI)
  • corporate financial services with a dividend yield of 2.2% and Main Street Capital (MAIN)
  • real estate development and operations with a dividend yield of 2.1% and Gazit Globe (GZT)
  • reinsurance with a dividend yield of 1.9% and Everest Re Group (RE)
  • multiline insurance and brokers with a dividend yield of 1.9% and Brighthouse Financial (BHF)
  • consumer lending with a dividend yield of 1.6% and ORIX (IX)
  • investment banking and brokerage services with a dividend yield of 1.5% and Nomura Holdings (NMR)
  • financial commodity market operators with a dividend yield of 1.4% and CME Group (CME)
  • real estate services with a dividend yield of 0.5% and HFF (HF)
  • property and casualty insurance with a dividend yield of 0.4% and CNA Financial (CNA)
  • holding companies with a dividend yield of 0.4% and Jefferies Financial Group (JEF)

We’ll discuss the factors that could affect the industry going forward later in this series.