Learning lessons from the UK dividends bounce back

UK dividends payments rebounded by 46% in 2021

New research shows that UK dividend payments rebounded strongly in 2021, but still remain below their pre-pandemic level. The experience of the last two years holds important lessons for investors. 2020 was a grim year for anyone who relied on UK company dividends as a source of income. The total dividend payments from UK plc fell…

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Global dividends in 2020

A recent report showed that global dividend payments held up much better than those in the UK in 2020.  For investors in UK shares and funds investing in UK companies, 2020 was a grim year when it came to dividends. The pandemic cast a long shadow over the pay outs to investors:  Early on, the…

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UK dividends: A bad 2020, but a better 2021?

Hopes for UK dividends in 2021

New data show how far UK dividends fell last year, but projections for 2021 suggest the declines are nearly over.   In January 2021, Link Asset Services published its latest UK Dividend Monitor covering the final quarter of 2020 and the year as a whole. The headline figure was that total dividends fell by 44% over…

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Dividends fall by over 50% as perfect storm makes landfall

A perfect storm has caused a drop in share dividends

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has been highlighted by recent research from Link Asset Services, one of the leading UK company registrars. It looked at the dividend payments from UK listed companies in the second quarter of…

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Dividends fall by more than 50 per cent post-Covid

Share dividends have halved post-Covid 19

Dividends paid by UK companies dropped dramatically in the second quarter of the year. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on dividend payments has been highlighted by recent research from Link Asset Services, one of the leading UK company registrars. It looked at the dividend payments from UK listed companies in the second quarter of…

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Keep going well…? Shell’s historic dividend cut

When a 75-year run is broken, something significant has probably happened. If you are of a certain age, ‘Keep going well…’ could have you instantly remembering the rhyming counterpart; ‘Keep going Shell’. At the end of April 2020 that 1960s advertising slogan suddenly looked particularly jarring to many investors. Royal Dutch Shell, to give the…

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UK dividend growth continues, but for how long?

Recent data show that dividends from UK shares rose by nearly 7% year-on-year in the third quarter.  The latest Dividend Monitor from Link Asset Services, the share registrars, showed that dividends from UK shares continued to grow faster than inflation in the third quarter of 2019, despite all the political turmoil the UK experienced over…

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Dividends wobble with 40% cuts

Recent dividend announcements have been an unwelcome reminder for some investors that peaks also have downsides.  Dividends matter to investors in UK shares. The UK stock market has historically been one of the higher yielding of the world’s major share markets. For example, on 24 May the average dividend yield in the UK, based on…

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The dividend allowance cut – what’s the damage?

The compabny dividend allowance is to be cut

One of the few surprises in the March Budget was a cut to the dividend allowance to come in 2018/19.   The dividend allowance first saw the light of day in the post-election Budget of July 2015. It was designed primarily to discourage self-employed business owners from using incorporation as a way of avoiding national insurance…

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