Income Investors: Beware Yield Traps

It's important not to focus purely on yield when picking FTSE 100 stocks, says Lucy MacDonald, manager of Brunner Investment trust

David Brenchley 20 August, 2018 | 8:28AM
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Some of the most-popular FTSE 100 companies are only in investors' portfolios for their current yield. But according to Allianz’s Lucy MacDonald this strategy could be exposing your capital to unnecessary risks.

The UK is a fertile hunting ground for income seekers, with a high number of FTSE 100 stocks yielding over 4%. With UK interest rates still only at 0.75% despite recent hikes, those numbers are understandably attractive to investors.

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Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
BP PLC346.50 GBP0.00Rating
British American Tobacco PLC2,625.50 GBP0.00Rating
Brunner Ord1,055.02 GBP-0.47Rating
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,554.80 GBP0.00Rating
HSBC Holdings PLC437.30 GBP0.00Rating
Imperial Brands PLC1,573.00 GBP0.00Rating
Lloyds Banking Group PLC46.28 GBP0.00Rating
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,678.40 GBP0.00Rating

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