Companies around the world handed out a collective $354.2 billion in the third quarter of 2018, according to Janus Henderson’s Global Dividend Index.
That puts headline growth for global dividend payments at 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year.
Each quarter, Money Observer takes a look at our active Rated Fund list, providing a breakdown on a sector-by-sector basis.
Our annual tips offer an adventurous selection for seven broad categories of equity-oriented investment trusts, as well as for private equity and specialist trusts.
They also include a tip from each of three investment trust specialists who provide us with valuable research throughout the year.
Our annual tips offer a conservative and an adventurous selection for seven broad categories of equity-oriented investment trusts, as well as for private equity and specialist trusts. They also include a tip from each of three investment trust specialists who provide us with valuable research throughout the year.
Three experts whose research we find particularly helpful all made creditable choices for the last 12 months.
Simon Elliott, head of investment companies at Winterflood Securities, achieved the highest share price total returns with his pick of Monks Investment Trust, up 21 per cent.
More than half of savers are seeing the value of their cash eroded by inflation because they are too scared to invest. Research from Scottish Friendly suggests savers are suffering from ‘investophobia’, avoiding putting their money in the stock market for fear of losing any.
Some 53 per cent of 2,000 savers surveyed say they would not consider investing in stocks and shares, with 49 per cent citing fear of potential losses as the main thing holding them back.
If leading stock markets maintain an upwards trajectory through the rest of 2018, the Association of Investment Companies’ 10-year performance tables could witness some significant changes.
When it comes to picking the best-performing shares, women outperform their male counterparts by 1.8 per cent a year and beat the FTSE 100 index returns by 2 per cent, according to a new study.
The study analysed the investment returns of 2,800 Barclays Smart Investor customers over a three-year period. It was carried out by professor Neil Stewart at Warwick Business School, who found that annual returns on investments for men are only 0.14 per cent above the performance of the FTSE 100 in comparison.