UK firms could reach the £2 trillion mark within the next 10 years
Total dividends paid out by the UK’s listed companies since 200 has crossed the £1 trillion mark.
According to data collected by outsourcing firm Capita Assets Services, UK firms could reach the £2 trillion mark within the next 10 years.
In 2016, shareholders are receiving £325m a day in dividend payments.
In 2000 listed firms paid out £42bn in dividends – this has increased by 89 per cent to hit £79.4bn in 2015.
Justin Cooper, chief executive of Capita’s shareholder solutions business, said: “They are the most important component of returns from investing in shares over the long term. This is plain to see when we consider that the FTSE All Share index is only 14 per cent higher now than it was at the beginning of the century.
“But reinvesting all those dividends will have supercharged an investor’s returns to well over 90 per cent.”