FTSE 100 poised for record cash returns in 2022 but dividend forecasts stall

£81.5bn in total dividend pay-outs

Valeria Martinez
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The FTSE 100 could be set for its best year ever in cash returns, according to AJ Bell’s Q3 Dividend Dashboard report, but aggregate dividend forecasts for 2022 are stalling.

The index's total dividend pay-out is expected to top £81.5bn in 2022, compared to £78.5bn in 2021. This is in addition to £1.6bn in special dividends, as well as a record £50.3bn in buybacks that have already been announced.  The aggregate total forecast for dividends, special dividends and share buybacks now totals £133.4bn for 2022, meaning it should surpass the record £126.8bn combined figure achieved in 2018, the report stated.  The FTSE 100 is expected to yield 4.1% in 2022, as both the headline index and analysts' dividend forecasts fail to make any notable progress. AJ Bell...

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