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UK Dividend Monitor, Q4 2017

In a record-breaking year for dividends, find out which sectors and companies were the biggest payers in our exclusive report and video.

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2017 dividend payments – growth despite uncertainty

Our review of 2017 dividend funding has largely demonstrated that, whilst overall payments grew, delivery mechanisms changed only slightly compared to 2016.

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Rise of the machines: fintech, funding and the future

We speak to Boku, our latest client to list on AIM, about their decision to list in London, the challenges of funding for fintech companies, and what the future holds.

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Finding a ManCo partner for CP86

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The digital approach – support from shareholders

Link Asset Services, in conjunction with the Share Society, launched a survey of the Share Society membership in 2017. The objective was to seek to understand how retail shareholders perceive the removal of paper and the increase in the digital delivery of the shareholder touchpoints around General Meeting voting.

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Dividend Monitor

UK dividends soared 14.3% to £28.5bn in the third quarter, according to the latest Dividend Monitor. This was a record payout for the third quarter, and the third-largest quarterly total ever paid.

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CP86 - the end of the SMIC?

As evidenced across the European investment funds industry, improving fund governance is seen as a key pillar underpinning investor protection.

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Exit from the EU – Article 50 triggered

Following the initial introduction of the Brexit Bill to the House of Commons, the Government published a White Paper in February setting out how the UK plans to leave the EU. Now Article 50 has been triggered the two-year Brexit clock will start ticking down with the UK’s exit from the EU to be completed by the end of March 2019.

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Payments industry; the biggest shake-up in a generation

Last year UK dividends reached £80 billion and Capita Asset Services was a major payer of these dividends to equity investors on behalf of our issuer clients. We will be watching with interest as the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) and the Payment Strategy Forum seek to implement proposals which could have major implications for payments systems in the UK.

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