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Investment company inflation busters

7 February 2017

UK equity income sector dividend outstrips inflation by 2% a year over 20 years & capital value more than doubles.

After a sustained period of rock bottom interest rates, investors have long been hungry for yield, meaning that income portfolios have work to do.

Research from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) into the performance of the UK Equity Income sector makes sage reading for those concerned about the impact of inflation on their income in retirement, as well as those wanting to build up a capital sum to pass on.

Inflation busters

Data from the AIC using Morningstar shows that £100,000 invested into the average UK Equity Income investment company on 31 December 1996 would have generated an initial annual income of £3,700 by 31 December 1997, which would have grown to an annual income of £8,516 in the year to 31 December 2016.  Annual dividend growth was 4.5%, some 2% ahead of inflation (annualised RPI inflation over the period is 2.78%).

Over twenty year’s investors would have received £119,872 of income from this portfolio.  Meanwhile, in addition to the income generated, the capital value of the investment would have grown to £226,907 – an increase of 127% - more than doubling.

The AIC has published a guide on how investment companies can be used to build a long-term pension portfolio, as well as their unique advantages in delivering a higher or growing income in retirement​.

View the AIC guide to income

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director, Association of Investment Companies (AIC) said: “The investment company sector’s income track record is one of its crowning glories, boosted by some key structural advantages, most notably the freedom to squirrel away some of the income received each year for tougher times.

“Dividends can be a crucial source of income for investors, and could well become all the more so in the context of rising living costs. For those who are prepared to accept the risks, these figures make a compelling case for investment companies to be considered as part of a long-term income portfolio.”

£100,000 invested in average UK Equity Income investment company sector at 31 December 1996

 

Capital return (£)

Income received (£)

Income yield (%)

31-Dec-97

124,480

3,700

3.0%

31-Dec-98

134,050

3,831

2.9%

31-Dec-99

146,915

4,043

2.8%

31-Dec-00

149,019

4,245

2.8%

31-Dec-01

133,357

4,422

3.3%

31-Dec-02

98,196

4,578

4.7%

31-Dec-03

114,240

4,779

4.2%

31-Dec-04

128,902

4,825

3.7%

31-Dec-05

152,466

5,115

3.4%

31-Dec-06

178,430

5,570

3.1%

31-Dec-07

165,330

6,336

3.8%

31-Dec-08

115,902

6,874

5.9%

31-Dec-09

136,440

6,912

5.1%

31-Dec-10

162,799

7,043

4.3%

31-Dec-11

159,104

7,212

4.5%

31-Dec-12

177,042

7,594

4.3%

31-Dec-13

219,025

7,864

3.6%

31-Dec-14

220,115

7,990

3.6%

31-Dec-15

221,278

8,423

3.8%

31-Dec-16

226,907

8,516

3.8%

Source: AIC using Morningstar

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Notes

  1. Performance figures are to 31 December 2016 and are based on the last official close share price on a capital return basis Figures exclude charges. Source: AIC using Morningstar.
  2. The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment. Today, the AIC represents a broad range of closed ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts and other closed ended investment companies and VCTs. The AIC’s members believe that the industry is best served if it is united and speaks with one voice. The AIC’s mission statement is to help Members add value for shareholders over the longer term. The AIC has 342 members and the industry has total assets of approximately £157 billion.
  3. Disclaimer: The information contained in this press release does not constitute investment advice or personal recommendation and it is not an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity. You should seek independent financial and, if appropriate, legal advice as to the suitability of any investment decision. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The value of investment company shares, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise. You may not get back the full amount invested and, in some cases, nothing at all.

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Annabel Brodie-Smith
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