3 Income Paying Stocks in Europe

THE INCOME INVESTOR: Looking to diversify your income stream? Rather than just sticking to UK companies for dividends why not look across the Channel to Europe?

Emma Wall 21 August, 2015 | 10:27AM
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UK investors tend to stick to the devil they know when it comes to picking income stocks – and why not when domestic companies are promising to pay £87.2 billion in dividends this year, that’s a pay-out of £1,400 for every woman, man and child in the UK.

With so many UK companies now rewarding their shareholders it is easy to forget how hard income investors were hit in the wake of the credit crisis. Many companies slashed their dividends in half and some sectors – banking for one – disappeared from view altogether. Diversification is key in any portfolio – and not just across asset classes. While these European stocks may not be suitable for all investors, all of us should consider how geographically diversified a portfolio is when adding new holdings.

Allianz (ALV)

Yield: 4.57%

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Allianz SE197.90 EUR-0.61Rating
Lagardere SCA22.74 EUR0.53
Orange SA9.64 EUR0.62Rating

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar