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ASX bank shares like CBA, NAB, ANZ, WBC and MQG are amongst the most popular ASX shares in Australia.

A big reason investors love ASX bank shares is due to their very generous dividends, lofty franking credits and competitive stability.

ASX bank shares: big dividends since the 90s

ASX bank shares have been extremely popular stocks since the early 1990s. This was the last time Australia experienced a (proper) recession and mortgage interest rates for many homeowners were over 15%. Since then, property prices have exploded due to increasing wages, population growth and falling interest rates.

CBA shares: winners over 20 years

The best-performing ASX bank share over the past 20 years has been Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA). Can it continue? See our latest CBA share price analysis.

What was CBA’s share price at IPO?

CBA shares IPO’d on the ASX at $5.40. Had you held your CBA shares through to today you will have received enough dividends and franking credits to cover all of your investment many times over — not to mention the CBA share price is now far higher than its IPO price.