A Chinese investor looks at Shanghai Composite Index. Photo: Imaginechina/Xie zhengyi

In a surprising development this year, Chinese dividend payout stocks are outperforming the market more than those in the US and Europe, with the Shanghai Dividend Index climbing 8% this year.

What’s driving the Change? Bloomberg reports that Beijing is pushing state-owned enterprises to focus on dividend payouts as part of restructuring efforts, and that that China’s securities regulator will “talk to” firms that don’t.