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Noble & Company – The Capital Pub Company

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Aim: Growth by investing in public houses within the M25

Minimum investment: Lump sum £2,200

Opening/closing date: February 11, 2002/April 30, 2002 for
2002/2003 tax year

Charges: Initial up to 7.75%

Commission: Initial 2.5%

Tel: 020 7367 5600

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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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