British dividends ‘safest’ since 2008

Following a surge in revenues among FTSE 100 firms due to the increasing oil price, British dividends will be the "safest" they have been since 2008.

The typical business has enough cash to pay its dividend 2.7 times over, making UK equities among the best in the world for "dividend cover."

According to a research by the fund Henderson International Income Trust, this is better than Europe and above the worldwide average of 2.4.

Since 2011, the UK has not placed worst among equities in Europe, the US, Asia, and the rest of the world for dividend coverage.

To determine if dividends to shareholders are sustainable, divide a company's cash reserves by its yearly dividend.

The UK's dividend coverage has consistently trailed behind the world average.


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