Young Investors Shun Utilities Stocks

Despite the attractive yield utility stocks provide, young investors are favouring more risky picks such as oil and gas stocks, according to online trading platforms

Karen Kwok 6 July, 2017 | 3:11PM

Younger investors are shunning stable income stocks in favour more volatile growth companies; taking on more risk relative to older investors, according to online trading platforms.

Utility stocks SSE (SSE) and Centrica (CNA) are among the top 20 FTSE 350 dividend paying stocks, each paying 6% yields, while National Grid (NG.) offers a 5.1% yield.

But despite these attractive income offerings, for investors between 30 to 45 years old, these stocks fail to make the cut.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
88 Energy Ltd0.37 GBX-1.87
AstraZeneca PLC8,555.00 GBX-0.24
Centrica PLC40.87 GBX2.05
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,466.40 GBX-0.54
Lloyds Banking Group PLC26.26 GBX6.24
National Grid PLC856.00 GBX0.16
Sirius Minerals PLC  
Sound Energy PLC1.34 GBX0.64
SSE PLC1,201.00 GBX0.92
UK Oil & Gas PLC0.18 GBX-0.81

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