97. Why we could be through the worst of the UK dividend cuts

Job Curtis, manager of City of London investment trust, tells us how he dipped into the revenue reserves to enable the trust to increase its dividend payment for the 54th consecutive year. He reassures investors that he still has around four years’ worth of reserves should the challenges continue, but that he believes we could be through the worst and that UK dividends could already be starting to recover.
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Launched in 1891, City of London is one of the longest-running investment trusts in the UK. It aims to provide growth in income and capital by investing predominantly in larger UK companies with international exposure. It has increased its dividend payment every year for the past 54 years and has been managed by Job Curtis for almost 30 years.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • How the dividends of companies in the portfolio have held up and how much of the revenue reserve is left should the challenges continue [0:56]
  • The outlook for UK dividends [3:07]
  • How to make money out of a declining industry like tobacco… [5:03]
  • … and why oil and gas companies are still of interest [5:36]
  • The manager’s thoughts on Brexit [7:07]
  • Why the UK stock market could enjoy a bounce [9:19]
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