Dividend earning ETFs

(Andy) #1

What are the best dividend earning ETFs that will be available on Freetrade? I’m new to ‘trading’, I’ve relied on managed S&S ISAs in the past and looking to learn some basics and manage my own finances more on a small scale.

What's the first stock / ETF you'll buy when the app launches?
(Christopher) #2

Andy, welcome to the forum!

There are will be several income focused ETFs at launch that though the two highlighted below have a specific focus on high yielding dividend yielding UK companies.

IUKD “Tracks the performance of an index composed of UK companies to the higher yielding sub-set of the FTSE 350 Index. Income will be distributed as cash.”

UKDV “Tracks the performance of 30 highest yielding dividend companies in the UK. Income will be distributed as cash.”

Link to google docs below is the list of securities available at launch. If you search ‘income’, it will highlight all the ETFs that provide income, with a note to say whether income is distributed as cash or reinvested into the fund. Searching ‘income’ will also yield results that include ETFs comprised of corporate and government bonds and property companies that deliver cash income as well as shares that pay dividends - have fun!

(Andy) #3

Thanks for that, will have a good read of this. Excited to learn about this stuff.

(Emma) #4

What does “income will be distributed as cash” mean? Is it a dividend or a dodgy man with used notes in brown envelopes?

(Christopher) #5

If you’re big enough in the game @Rat_au_van, I’ve heard it comes in suitcases rather than envelopes.

(JamieP) #6

It’s not quite that exciting I’m afraid……The company’s registrars will pay any income due into Freetrade’s client money account. Upon receipt, we’ll allocate the income to eligible beneficial holder’s Freetrade account where it will remain pending reinvestment or withdrawal, that bit is up to you!

(JamieP) #7

Hi Andy,

Welcome to the community! It’s great that you are looking to take more control of your investments. If you’re interested in comparing the past performance of some of the ETF’s available, then the Ishares website is pretty comprehensive:


You can sort by dividend yield, performance, etc. It helps to give you an idea of the fund’s objectives and depending on how much detail you want, the Factsheets should also be available. Personally I would always take a look at the Factsheets before parting with my money.

(Alex Sherwood) #8

I’m struggling to interpret the terms in those tables..am I right in thinking that the ‘Flat Yield’, which is:

the annual coupon payment [aka the payment that the investor receives] divided by the current price. For iShares ETFs, the Flat Yield is calculated as the average of the underlying bonds’ flat yields weighted by the bond’s weight in the fund. Flat Yield can be referred [to] as income yield, running yield or current yield

is the best piece of info to use to see the highest paying ETFs, relative to the ETF’s price?

And the Weighted Average Coupon:

The mean of the coupon rate of the underlying bonds in the portfolio

is the best piece of info to use to simply see the highest paying ETFs?

Also, here’s the same information for the other ETFs in the Stock Universe’s Day 1 tab, in the order that they’re listed in on the spreadsheet:

(JamieP) #9

@alexs There is certainly a lot of information to digest but I would say that is a very good interpretation.

The flat yield would probably be the cleanest indicator for someone looking for the best income earning fund as it is simply, the annual distribution / current price.

The highest “average weighted coupon” may not necessarily result in the highest returning fund relative to cost as there may be other factors to consider, for example risk of default or general market conditions.

When looking at these things, it’s always worth remembering that past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance.:wink:

(Justin Timeson) #10

Are you going to add more ETFs to the universe ahead of launch? The ETF options are limited. UK stocks are pretty dull so I reckon most early Freetrade users will just buy ETFs, yeah? With issues around US ETFs you may as well just whack a load of UK ETFs into version 1.0 to satisfy demand.

(Andy) #11

When are dividends usually paid and how often? Or is it completely varied?

(Dimitri John Ledkov) #12

Depends on the individual company, and etf. Some do annual only, some do semi-annual, some do quaterly. You can check “investors” relations websites of the relevant companies for details - e.g. checkout investors details website of HSBC, Vodaphone, Aviva.

Similarly for ETFs. E.g. IUKD is quarterly, as can be seen on the ishares website. They basically pay-out whatever they received from the companies.