October 2014
Daily Mail;10/7/2014, p67
Yes please! CERTAINLY the regular payments from companies to investors who hold their shares come in handy for small shareholders who can enjoy a tidy income, aside from the various fluctuations in the stock market. And the latest research has found dividends from Britain's biggest 350 listed firms are set to rise. Explain According to data cruncher Markit, the FTSE 100 and 250 companies are expected to pay out £74.5bn in ordinary dividends this year - a modest rise of 4.4pc - and excluding exceptional payments. This is despite fears big retailers are about to cut or suspend their payouts following Tesco's recent decision. Big miners are also thought to be at risk of cutting their divis. Where will the gains be made? Markit says pharmaceuticals and insurance firms will lead the field thanks to special returns, with oil and gas, healthcare and banking firms the biggest contributors, paying out an expected £12.9bn, £10.5bn and £9.5bn respectively. What are the risks to payouts? While the economy has been performing well in recent months, the strength of sterling continues to hit shareholders receiving payments in pounds as 53 FTSE 350 companies report results and set their dividends in US dollars. What's even worse is the fact they account for around 37pc of the total payout.


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