Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) has paid its shareholders some big dividends in recent years. Last year, however, the FTSE 100 bank was forced to suspend its dividend by the Bank of England. The regulator wanted to ensure that UK banks had enough capital on hand to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Lloyds pay a dividend in 2021? Let’s take a look at what the company has said about its distributions going forward.

Will Lloyds’ dividend make a comeback in 2021?

In Lloyds’ full-year results for 2020, posted in late February, the bank advised that its board had recommended a final ordinary dividend of 0.57p per share for 2020. This was the maximum allowed under the Bank of England’s guidelines.

This dividend is set to be paid on 25 May 2021, which is only a few weeks away now. The ex-dividend date for this was 15 … Read more

The US and European stock markets suffered a micro flash crash on Tuesday. Is this something that I should worry about as an investor? And will it affect FTSE 100 stocks?

What is a flash crash?

When the stock markets are open, buyers and sellers are constantly trading equities. This includes retail investors, institutional investors, and hedge funds. Nowadays this happens too quickly to comprehend, large numbers of orders take place in fractions of a second. One branch of this is known as high-frequency trading. Powerful computers make the trades, and as prices fluctuate, they’re actioned depending on pre-determined instructions and market conditions. A flash crash is when prices dip exponentially low for a short period.

How does a flash crash happen?

A discrepancy in high-frequency computer trading leads to a sudden influx of sell orders, which rapidly magnifies price drops causing a flash crash. As the prices dramatically decline, … Read more

If you’re not using Google Smart Shopping yet, this week’s guest is about to inspire you to open an account today. In this episode, Kasim Aslam gives us a deep dive into Smart Shopping on Google and why he believes it’s the best algorithm on the market right now. Listen to learn how to add Smart Shopping to your marketing strategy with Kasim’s advice for business owners and agencies.

Listen To Learn:

  • An overview of Smart Shopping and why businesses should be using it
  • Why Google’s playbook for Smart Shopping is flawed (and how you should actually use Smart Shopping)
  • How much you can expect to spend when you first start out with Smart Shopping

Our Partners:

Save $700 on your Ad World 2021 Ticket!
Build Your eCommerce Website on Wix
Conversion Fanatic: How To Double Your Customers, Sales, and Profits with A/B Testing
BotBuilder’s Chatbots That Deliver Results (Without Read more

influence search optimization

According to the annual Global Digital Overview Report from We Are Social and Hootsuite, 81% of internet users search online for a product or service to buy and 74% have purchased online. Without question, digital engagement and commerce is the new normal and is as relevant for B2B companies as it has been for B2C.

During the pandemic, search engines have become even more important as B2B brands and buyers alike digital transform to virtual engagement for information discovery, consumption and interaction. As a result, many companies have invested more in search engine optimization in order to capture the fast-growing opportunities to be the best answer for customers at the moment of need – when actively searching for solutions.

Best practices for SEO abound on the web including this list from SEMrush:

  1. Find Your Competitors’ Best Performing Pages
  2. Inform Your Content Strategy Using A Keyword Gap Analysis
  3. Use Digital
Read more

It’s been a difficult year for the UK economy. It’s been constantly disrupted by repeated Covid-19 lockdowns that have forced many businesses to close. However, in recent weeks, financial institutions and economists have raised their forecasts for the UK’s economic performance. The latest is Barclays bank’s CEO, Jes Staley, who says that the UK is on the cusp of experiencing its biggest economic boom since the post-war period.

Here is everything you need to know.

[top_pitch]

UK economic boom: what does Barclays bank’s CEO predict?

The UK economy experienced its worst slump in three centuries in 2020. But according to the CEO of Barclays Bank, the country’s fortunes are about to change.

Jes Staley predicts that the UK economy will grow at its fastest rate since 1948.

He stated that his bank’s economic growth forecast for the UK in 2021 is 6.5%, the highest rate in more than 70 years.… Read more