HL SELECT UK INCOME SHARES
The power of dividends
10 February 2017
The simplest ideas are often the best. The humble pencil, for instance, still holds pride of place next to laptops and iPads across many of our homes. Simplicity in investing though? Well, investing in dividend paying companies can in fact be deceptively simple and surprisingly powerful.
By owning shares in well-managed businesses, you are aligning your wealth with their success. As a shareholder you're entitled to a share of any profits distributed as dividends. And if you don't need those dividends today you can use them to buy more shares, meaning you earn more dividends in future.
Over the long term, these reinvested dividends become increasingly powerful. The FTSE All-Share has grown by 214% over the last 25 years, but with dividends reinvested this figure trebles to 644%*. Of course, past performance is not a guide to future returns and the next 30 years will be different.
Albert Einstein called this compounding effect the “eighth wonder of the world”, and even he couldn't have predicted interest rates at 0.25% . Today's environment only serves to increase the attraction of dividend paying companies.
Of course, there are risks. Unlike cash on deposit, which should not fall in value, the capital value of stock market investments and the income from them will fluctuate, meaning there is a risk of loss. All dividends are variable and not guaranteed.
Over the long term, however, the surety offered by cash can be a double edge sword . Cash won't fall in value, but it won't rise much either. Especially with interest rates so low. Meanwhile, successful companies are innovating. They're finding new ways to improve their customer proposition, generate more cash and ultimately increase their dividends to shareholders.
Consider too that, all things being equal, a rising dividend is often accompanied by a rising share price. So investors could benefit from potential growth in the value of their capital as well as their income, although there are no guarantees.
It's no surprise therefore that investing in dividend paying companies has proven so popular. We've long been admirers and with the launch of our new HL Select UK Income Shares Fund, we aim to deliver our clients the power of dividend investing with the benefit of a new type of investor experience.
HL Select UK Income Shares will offer investors an expertly managed portfolio of our favourite dividend paying businesses. And from the outset we'll offer superior insight, revealing all the significant fund holdings on the Portfolio Breakdown page after launch, and telling investors how, when and why we choose each holding through regular Blog updates.
Please be aware, the closing date for applications at a fixed £1 launch price is 1 March.
*Source Lipper IM to 31/01/2017