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Widows’ brand kicks in early

Scottish Widows is certainly getting its brand recognition in early.

The City of Edinburgh Council’s festival of football saw Widows’ sponsorship of the programme.

Around 3,000 children take part every year in the programme.

The sponsorship deal will run for two years and helps fund new equipment such as footballs, bibs and helping with organisational costs. Luckily, the children do not have to play in the Widows’ cloak or their accident insurance premiums might go through the roof.

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Strong dollar can be a powerful driver of UK dividend growth in 2015

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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