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Friday Email: 03 April 2015

Every Friday morning our lead analyst Mark Riding sends out his weekly run-down and upcoming events in the investor calendar, like this one:

Now that the reporting season is over we move into the ex-dividend season, when all of the declared dividends are up for grabs. A look at the Countdown reveals that there are 23 dividends available between now and the close of play on Wednesday 8th April with plenty more to follow in the successive weeks.

The past week was very quiet in terms of companies reporting and the FTSE 100 retreated rapidly from the 7000 level. The shortened week ahead is also very quiet.

Additions to DividendMax from Members this past week inclue NAHL, which looks pretty interesting with a propspective yield of over 6% and the brokers are forecasting double digit increases over the next two years. Also Polar Capital Holdings and Knightsbridge Shipping (formally Tankers) Limited, a US stock have been recently added. We have also added Entu, a recently listed company in the energy saving space.

We now provide the dividend data for a new Dutch Index company (The Smart Index company), who have recently tied up with BATS chi-X Europe who are the largest equity exchange in Europe. They have two indices, having recently released their second. The press release for that is here:

Their website with our logo on is here:

The general election in the UK is hotting up and the debate last night was interesting. It was a bit embarrassing for the males as the females bossed it in my view. Volatility could well be ahead between now and then so keep an eye on your favourite dividend stocks. Once the election is out of the way, people that I speak to are expecting a good finish to the year and as always, dividends will lead the way. The annuities changes will also take place soon and for me there are not too many places to put your money if you cash it in. Some will keep their annuity, some will spend it, some will buy property and some will look to the stock market. Income funds should do well, but you lose quite a bit of your yield to the fund manager in charges. There could well be a boost to the market from the annuities changes and it seems logical that most of the people that decide to replace their annuity will look for income. The UK stock market is a good place to find it.

This email was originally sent on Friday 03 April 2015

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