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Best UK Income Funds

This post will look at the best UK income funds, plus the pros and cons of these investment options.

But what are income funds? These investments offer investors a reliable income source, thanks to dividend payments per month or per quarter that usually come from stocks.

In the UK, income funds generally concentrate on companies that have a track record of reliably delivering dividends and blend their investments with smaller, more established businesses.

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Income funds meaning

It is an investment fund or mutual fund that puts more of an emphasis on providing investors with current income than they do on capital growth.

Typical investments made by income funds look like:

  • Bonds
  • preferred stocks
  • dividend-paying equities
  • REITs
  • other assets that yield income on a regular basis.

Best UK Income Funds

Below are some examples of the best UK income funds:

Best UK Income Funds

UBS UK Equity Income

With a three-year aggregate return of 46.3% through the end of 2023, this fund worth 331 million British pounds has logged the highest return in its industry.

It has an emphasis on large-cap FTSE 100 equities like AstraZeneca and HSBC and takes a value-oriented investment strategy.

BNY Mellon UK Income

This fund has jumped by 50% since November 2022 to have assets of 1.5 billion pounds. Its concentrated portfolio of 45 stocks outperformed its benchmark within five years.

The HL UK Income Fund

The investment product is actively managed with the goal of outperforming the FTSE All-Share Total Return Index in terms of yearly revenue and outperforming the index in terms of total return over rolling five-year periods.

The fund allocates a minimum of 80% of its assets to direct or indirect investments in shares of UK firms through exchange-traded funds or ETFs and other collective investment plans. Investing can be done in lump payments of at least 100 pounds or 25 pounds a month through direct debits.

BlackRock UK Income Fund

A revenue stream from fund assets, with an above-average and increasing income relative to that generated by UK stock markets, is the goal of the BlackRock UK Income Fund Class A Inc Fund unit trust.

A minimum of 70% of the fund’s total assets are allocated to equity securities of UK-incorporated or -listed businesses. The FTSE All Share Index is used as a benchmark for the performance of the fund.

As of June 3, 2024, the fund’s net assets are worth roughly 666.8 million pounds.

Rathbone Income Fund 

Pros and cons of income funds

Among the best UK income funds, it invests in various UK stocks to provide investors with a consistent source of income.

A thousand pounds is required as initial investment for this fund which investors can hold within an Individual Savings Account or ISA.

The fund has assets under management of 685.6 million pounds. Year-to-date through June 6, 2024, it has logged a return of 5.72%; meanwhile, it recorded 33.7% over the last five years.

Pros and cons of income funds

Income fund benefits

  • With an emphasis on dividend-paying equities, UK income funds seek to give investors a consistent revenue flow through consistent dividend payments.
  • To help spread risk and lower volatility, UK income funds often invest in a diverse portfolio of UK equities.
  • Although producing income is the main goal, some UK income funds have also produced capital growth over the long run by making investments in businesses that have the potential to increase in value both in terms of dividends and stock prices.
  • Investors can maximize their earnings by holding UK income funds in tax-efficient investment accounts such as Individual Savings Accounts.

Income fund risks

  • A substantial percentage of assets in a select few stocks may comprise the concentrated portfolio of certain UK income funds. This can make the risk profile of the fund higher.
  • Aside from variables like inflation and interest rates that can affect dividend-paying businesses, the performance of UK income funds can also be affected by shifts in the UK equities market as a whole.
  • The fund might give preference to dividend stocks over those with greater growth potential, thus income creation may suffer at the expense of capital growth.
  • UK income funds may have greater recurring costs than passive index funds, similar to other actively managed funds, which could affect overall results.
  • The performance and sustainability of UK income funds may be impacted by modifications to tax laws, government policies, or other regulatory elements.

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