first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild | Monday, 20th July, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Dividends from UK shares are plunging at record rates! This is what I’d do now 2020 has proved to be a catastrophe for many dividend investors. Annual payout growth from UK shares was anticipated to slow as the global economy, and thus corporate earnings expansion, cooled. The Covid-19 outbreak has also put paid to hopes of any dividend growth this year, and spectacularly so.A report by Link Group, published today, illustrates the scale of the carnage. Total dividends from UK shares plummeted 57.2% year-on-year during the second quarter to £16.1bn, it says. If you exclude special dividends payouts dropped 50.2% to £16bn. These figures represent the biggest drop on record.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Dividends declineA dive into Link Group’s data makes for extremely grim reading. A whopping 176 UK shares cancelled dividends in quarter two, while 30 cut them. Meanwhile, 124 companies rescinded on dividends they’d already pledged.The report suggests that investors in UK shares should be prepared for an eye-popping dividend drop in 2020 too. Under its best-case scenario, Link Group expects underlying payouts (i.e. stripping out special dividends) to slump 39% to £60.5bn. Its worst-case blueprint suggests underlying dividends will slip 43% to £56.3bn.Dividends to recover in 2021The impact Covid-19 has had on shareholder returns has clearly been shocking. Margot von Aesch, income research analyst at Redburn, comments that “destruction caused by the pandemic has been of historic proportions, leaving only a handful of companies untouched.”The timing and scale of the recovery in shareholder returns is hard to call. And Redburn says that “the shape and size of the rebound in payouts will be dictated by the new economic context, both locally and internationally.”But investors should expect a ripping rebound following 2020’s falls. Link Group’s report suggests that dividends from UK shares will bounce back in 2021. However, it adds that it will take “several years before dividends reach 2019 highs.”Get rich with UK sharesSo a fair few dividend investors have had a torrid time of late. But that doesn’t mean buying UK shares is a bad idea. Indeed, I remain convinced share investing remains the best way to try and get rich and retire early.Let me explain why. Even under Link Group’s worst-case scenario, UK shares will yield 3.3% over the next 12 months, and 3.6% for 2021. Compare that with the paltry interest rates that cash savers can expect today. Even the best-paying Cash ISA right now yields less than 1%, for example.By the way, under Link Group’s best-case scenario, UK shares will yield 3.6% during the next 12 months, and an even-better 4.1% for 2021. There’s clearly still plenty of reason for dividend investors to be optimistic.The coronavirus crisis and the consequent economic storm means investors need to be more careful than even when building their shares portfolios. But there are still many terrific dividend stocks out there that should help you make excellent returns in the near term and beyond.And the recent stock market crash means that many of these can be picked up at dirt-cheap prices too. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!last_img

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