UK Dividend Monitor: Financials help headline dividends approach £100bn in 2018

Annual figures

Laura Dew
RBS paid its first dividend in ten year during Q4

RBS paid its first dividend in ten year during Q4

Financials helped dividends surpass expectations to reach £99.8bn in 2018, according to the latest quarterly dividend monitor from Link Asset Services.

Dividends had been forecast to total £99.5bn in 2018 but this increased to £99.8bn thanks to a 15.6% jump in Q4 dividends to £17.3bn. The fourth quarter is traditionally a quiet period for dividends but Link said this year's quarter included a 'strong showing' from banks, with dividends 26% higher in the quarter. "2018 saw real improvement in banking dividends. In the fourth quarter, the Royal Bank of Scotland paid its first dividend in ten years; in the second quarter, Standard Chartered paid its first dividend since 2015; and Lloyds is now distributing more than it did before the fi...

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