Don’t be fooled by the illusion of safety in income
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Don’t be fooled by the illusion of safety in income

The UK income sector has suffered badly. Max King looks at what the might future look like, and what investors can learn from the experience.
15 Sep 2020
Don’t dump your dividends
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Don’t dump your dividends

This crisis certainly does not prove that taking regular capital gains is safer than relying on natural income from dividends.
10 Aug 2020
BP halves its dividend
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BP halves its dividend

BP has announced a record quarterly loss for the three months to the end of June – $17.7bn – and cut its dividend in half.
6 Aug 2020
Don’t despair on dividends – these companies could be set to bring them back
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Don’t despair on dividends – these companies could be set to bring them back

The value of dividends paid out by UK stocks has plummeted this year as companies “rebase” their payment policies. But things could soon start to look…
6 Aug 2020
BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it
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BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it

BP has bowed to the inevitable and cut its dividend in half – and its share price promptly rose. John Stepek explains what it means for shareholders …
4 Aug 2020
Income investors: here’s what to do as dividends shrink
Income investing

Income investors: here’s what to do as dividends shrink

Dividends may never die, but they are certainly shrinking. And may not return to the levels we saw in the past. Merryn Somerset Webb explains what inc…
28 Jul 2020
Dividend investors face years of income devastation
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Dividend investors face years of income devastation

Dividend payments to shareholders fell by 57% in the second quarter of this year, and do not look like returning to their 2019 level until 2026.
24 Jul 2020

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A beginner's guide to dividends
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A beginner's guide to dividends

Dividends - company profits paid out to shareholders - are absolutely critical to your returns as an investor. Since 1925, nearly half of the return a…
24 Jul 2020
How to build a secure income portfolio
Income investing

How to build a secure income portfolio

The Covid-19 crisis has been a huge test for income portfolios, with global dividends slashed on a scale unprecedented for more than 70 years. Cris Sh…
23 Jul 2020
Finding the dividend payers of the future
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Finding the dividend payers of the future

Professional investor Ken Wotton of the Baronsmead Venture Capital Trusts picks three small-cap stocks that should generate consistent dividend paymen…
20 Jul 2020
What should income investors do now?
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What should income investors do now?

John Stepek talks to Iain Barnes, head of portfolio management at challenger wealth manager Netwealth, and Matt Conradi, head of client advisory at Ne…
6 Jul 2020
Emerging markets: investors‘ search for yield is back on
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Emerging markets: investors‘ search for yield is back on

After dumping a record $55bn of stocks and bonds in the eight weeks to mid-March, foreigners bought $4.1bn in emerging market assets in May. 
3 Jul 2020
Asian income stocks: where to find the continent's top money machines
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Asian income stocks: where to find the continent's top money machines

International dividends shouldn’t only mean companies in the US or Europe – the Far East has plenty of big payouts to offer. Cris Sholto Heaton looks …
22 Jun 2020
BP bows to reality as it writes down $17bn of assets
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BP bows to reality as it writes down $17bn of assets

The oil giant has ditched its conspicuously bullish outlook and written down the value of its assets. Will it cut its dividend too? Matthew Partridge …
18 Jun 2020
Watch out income investors – BP looks likely to cut its dividend in the near future
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Watch out income investors – BP looks likely to cut its dividend in the near future

Oil major BP is writing billions off the value of its assets as it struggles to adapt to the changing world. Unlike Shell, however, BP hasn’t yet cut …
15 Jun 2020
Income investors should look beyond Britain to beat the cash squeeze
Income investing

Income investors should look beyond Britain to beat the cash squeeze

Dividend cuts by FTSE 100 companies won’t be repaired quickly – many firms were already living beyond their means. Investors should diversify abroad f…
14 May 2020
Investment trusts to consider for investors seeking yield
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Investment trusts to consider for investors seeking yield

With dividends being slashed in all major markets, equity-income investors have to consider alternatives. Here are the best options.
10 May 2020
Dividends dive – and some may never come back
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Dividends dive – and some may never come back

More than a third of British companies have cut or scrapped dividends, and there will be more pain ahead. 
8 May 2020
Investors can no longer be sure of Shell
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Investors can no longer be sure of Shell

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, one of the market’s most reliable income providers, has cut its dividend for the first time in over 70 years. Matthew Par…
7 May 2020
The great dividend massacre continues – now BT has cut its payout
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The great dividend massacre continues – now BT has cut its payout

With UK investors facing a barrage of dividend cuts – BT being the latest – John Stepek looks at some other promising areas for income investors to i…
7 May 2020
Royal Dutch Shell slashes its dividend: what now for income investors?
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Royal Dutch Shell slashes its dividend: what now for income investors?

Shell's dividend cut – its first since WWII – has come as a nasty surprise. And it leaves income investors wondering where to turn now. John Stepek lo…
1 May 2020
The end of the dividend bonanza
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The end of the dividend bonanza

Investors have got used to being showered with cash. But things are about to change, says Matthew Lynn.
26 Apr 2020