Strong pound sits heavy on dividends

Over the long run, dividend payouts account for the lion’s share of the money investors make from the stockmarket. Unfortunately, it looks as though UK income investors are set to have a disappointing year. Growth in dividend payouts has slowed to a crawl due to the strength of the pound.

In the second quarter, UK dividends grew by just 1.2% year-on-year, one of the slowest growth rates in the past three years, according to Capita Asset Services. The trouble is that the 15 largest dividend-payers in the index – comprising 61% of the total paid out – saw their [...]

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