Straight from the source: dividends to fall

New research from Source, a provider of Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) in Europe shows that 61 percent of institutional investors expect dividends from UK companies to stay the same or decline this year compared to 2015; 64 percent of institutional investors expect the same about dividends from European stocks, and 52 percent predict this for US equities.

Asked which three sectors would see the biggest fall in dividends paid this year, 77 percent cited oil/gas/energy, 41 percent said industrial goods and services, and the same percentage (41 percent) said banking and financial services.

When asked which three sectors would see the biggest rise in dividends, 43 percent said healthcare, 35 percent said banking and finance and 32 percent said technology.