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UPDATED November 2020: GlaxoSmithKline remains on top as forecast yield moves towards 6%

James Gard 9 November, 2020 | 8:00AM


The return of lockdown in the UK will give income investors some anxiety, not least because in the first shutdown companies cut and deferred billions of pounds of payouts. The latest Link Dividend Monitor predicts the damage for this year to be £40 billion of lost income. But many companies are in a better position than they were in March to pay dividends, and some have already started to resume or increase income payments, among them Tesco (TSCO) and J Sainsbury (SBRY). Caution remains key though as the outlook for 2021 remains hazy for the economy, consumers and companies. Stock market volatility has returned in recent weeks, fuelled by the US Presidential election and the second wave of coronavirus cases in Europe.

The latest Link Dividend Monitor forecasts a £70 billion payout for income investors in 2021 under a best-case scenario – the 2019 level was above £100 billion – but under a worst-case scenario, dividend income could drop back to the £60 billion level last seen in 2012 and 2013.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
BAE Systems PLC504.20 GBX-1.25
Bunzl PLC2,316.00 GBX-1.19
ConvaTec Group PLC206.40 GBX1.38
Diageo PLC2,933.00 GBX0.15
Experian PLC2,585.00 GBX-1.64
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,383.60 GBX-0.46
Intertek Group PLC5,502.00 GBX-0.33
Johnson Matthey PLC2,249.00 GBX0.85
London Stock Exchange Group PLC7,920.00 GBX0.92
Pearson PLC650.00 GBX-0.76
Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC6,516.00 GBX-1.30
RELX PLC1,742.00 GBX0.11
Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC107.65 GBX-0.60
Smith & Nephew PLC1,452.50 GBX2.58
Unilever PLC4,586.00 GBX0.09
WPP PLC749.40 GBX0.94

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