Dividends are set to boom, and UBS is using AI to predict which stocks will raise payouts

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Stock dividends are set to make a grand comeback as companies get ready to return cash to shareholders after shaking off the pandemic hit.

For investors wanting to capitalize on the new dividend cycle, UBS used machine learning to identify a slew of companies poised to see the biggest increase in payouts in the next year.