can ‘dividend hero’ trusts maintain their records as Covid lays waste to income?

Will 2020 be the year that the so-called “dividend hero” trusts finally fall to earth?

These are the quoted funds that have increased their dividends annually for at least the past 20 years. Some have managed to raise the payment every year for more than half a century.

We can be sure that the board of any trust that has not failed to raise its divi for many decades will move heaven and earth to avoid a cut now. Equally, the pressure on income funds is huge: hundreds of listed companies have cut or suspended their own dividend.

Even Shell,

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TPP countries defy protectionist trend to maintain supply chains

SINGAPORE — As many countries tighten restrictions on exports of vital products in response to the coronavirus pandemic, members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade pact are going against the tide of protectionism with agreements to facilitate free trade.

A plane carrying 20 tons of meat from New Zealand, including beef and lamb, landed at Singapore’s Changi Airport on April 22, marking the first step in a trade initiative launched by the countries the previous week.

The two TPP members agreed to remove tariffs and other trade barriers on goods deemed essential to combating the pandemic, mainly medical supplies such

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