A poll of more than 1,200 Money Marketing readers has found overwhelming support for the Conservaties, with distant rivals being Ukip. Some 52 per cent of those polled said they would vote Conservative, while 15.5 per cent pledged their backing to Nigel Farage’s party. The figures represent a marked contrast to national polls where the Conservatives […]
Sales in Prudential’s UK business are up 8 per cent year-on-year as bonds, personal pensions and drawdown products offset the loss of annuities, the firm’s quarterly results show. UK retail sales, on an annual premium equivalent basis, hit £169m in the three months to March, compared to £157m to the same quarter last year, a […]
The Government has spent £37,000 developing a “brand indentity” for guidance service Pension Wise. It paid £22,000 to Jigsaw Research “for the provision of research to test brand names, logos and straplines” for the service and £15,000 to Red Stone Design for similar work on the name and “brand identity”. The contracts were awarded at […]
Some countries look better than others in today’s global bull market. For example, Europe may suffer from market jitters at the possibility of a Greek debt default and US equities are facing the twin headwinds of a higher dollar and pressure on margins. By comparison, Japanese equities are unlikely to be buffeted in the same […]
By Robin Geffen, fund manager and CEO
This year threatens to be a challenging one for UK dividend hunters. Last year saw an all-time record amount paid out in UK dividends — some £97.4bn, according to research from Capita Dividend Monitor. Yet as Capita also pointed out, out the biggest single factor driving the growth in the fourth quarter of last year was easy to identify: the rising US dollar.
In our view, this trend is much more than simply a one-quarter phenomenon. It is actually the most profound issue to get right as a UK equity income investor in 2015. We believe that the US dollar will continue to strengthen significantly from its current level. This is due more to the US economy’s demonstrable de-coupling from the rest of the world than to a view on the UK. The US has a strong chance of tightening monetary conditions this year without jeopardising growth or de-stabilising its housing market. The same can unfortunately not be said about the UK.
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