The Dividend Debate

With global and UK dividends at an all-time high, using equities as a primary driver for income has never been more popular. But just how robust are equity income strategies and how might investors look to diversify income yields from holding risky assets?

‘The Dividend Debate’, hosted by David Stephenson (Financial Times, Investment Week and Money Week) and Lawrence Gosling (Investment Week and now WhatInvestment) looks to analyse and critically examine the key issues surrounding dividends.

Our Global Head of Structured Products, Chris Taylor, will be speaking at the event.

The debate, running from 9am until 1pm, will explore a number of key issues:

9.00 – 9.40am The Big Picture on dividends: a strategic overview and a dive into UK dividend payouts Discussion with Andrew Lapthorne from SocGen and Mark Baker from Link Asset Services on their UK Dividend Monitor
9.40 – 10.15am Large cap equity income investing in the UK and globally: surging dividends – fragile balance sheets? Discussion with Matthew Page from Guinness Asset Management and Mark Peden from Kames
10.15 – 10.45am Mid and small cap investing: safety in (smaller) size? Discussion with Gervais Williams of Miton and David Horner from Chelverton
10.45 – 11.00am Emerging markets – the new frontier: where to look and what to look out for Edward Lam from Somerset Capital
— Coffee break —
11.20 – 11.35am Smart Beta and dividends – quantitative strategies for capturing dividends: can passive strategies deliver enhanced income? Discussion with Sunjiv Mainie from S&P Dow Jones Indices, Anthony Kruger of BlackRock iShares and Chanchal Sammader from Lyxor
11.35 – 12.10pm Structuring enhanced income: can option-based strategies generate a robust enhanced income? Discussion with Morganne Delledonne from BMO and Chris Taylor from Tempo Structured Products
12.10 – 12.45pm Alternative routes to income: using real assets, property and infrastructure to build income Discussion with William McLeod from Gravis and Duncan Owen from Schroders

The event is free to attend an aimed at research desks at wealth advisers, professional adviser firms and high net worth individuals.

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