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Dividends from UK companies may not yet be as rare as hen’s teeth, but the income landscape for most investors has changed beyond recognition since the coronavirus struck. More down than up in terms of trajectory. 

According to investment experts at AJ Bell, dividend payments from the country’s 100 largest stock market-listed companies are likely to plunge by a quarter this year – from £75billion to £57billion. 

Some 35 of these companies have already either cut, deferred or cancelled their dividends while they grapple with the impact of coronavirus, with nine not paying a penny in income to shareholders. 

A raft of companies previously renowned for their dividend-friendliness – tobacco giant Imperial Brands, HSBC, BP and Shell – have all taken an axe to dividends. 



a windmill on top of a dry grass field: Wind of change: A willingness to think outside the box when it comes to income is an approach lauded by most advisers


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So, how could a stock market bubble burst help you reduce the amount you send to Uncle Sam? It’s simple: It presents an opportunity for tax loss harvesting.

Tax loss harvesting involves selling losing investments and claiming those losses on your taxes. They can be used to offset capital gains taxes, if you owe them on successful investments. They can also reduce other taxable income. However, while there is no limit on the value of capital losses you can deduct from capital gains, your losses can only reduce other taxable income by $3,000 per year. The good news is that the losses can carry over. That means if the market crashes and you sell a stock you lost $5,000 on, you could reduce any capital gains you’re claiming by up to the full amount of that $5,000. Or, if you have no capital gains this year, you could deduct $3,000

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So, how could a stock market bubble burst help you reduce the amount you send to Uncle Sam? It’s simple: It presents an opportunity for tax loss harvesting.

Tax loss harvesting involves selling losing investments and claiming those losses on your taxes. They can be used to offset capital gains taxes, if you owe them on successful investments. They can also reduce other taxable income. However, while there is no limit on the value of capital losses you can deduct from capital gains, your losses can only reduce other taxable income by $3,000 per year. The good news is that the losses can carry over. That means if the market crashes and you sell a stock you lost $5,000 on, you could reduce any capital gains you’re claiming by up to the full amount of that $5,000. Or, if you have no capital gains this year, you could deduct $3,000

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  • Female protesters broke through a riot police cordon in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday as anti-government demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko and his government intensify.
  • In a dramatic video, a group of women can be seen pushing back police officers who had their linked arms to create a barrier, while chanting “this is our city.”
  • The protest marks the latest anti-government demonstrations calling on authoritarian President Lukashenko to step down after a much-disputed election earlier this month. 
  • Authorities in Belarus have launched a press crackdown and withdrawn the accreditation of many Belarusian reporters covering the large anti-government protests.
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A phalanx of female protesters broke through a riot police cordon during a protest in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday, in a dramatic moment captured on video. 

The incident happened during a so-called “march of solidarity,” the latest of a series of anti-government protests that have rocked

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