Investing an empty £20k ISA in these 2 FTSE stocks could give me a £2k passive income overnight

The FTSE 100 is packed full of world-class dividend stocks that could give me a high and rising passive income. Here are two of my favourites.

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I’m using my Stocks and Shares ISA allowance to generate a tax-free passive income to top up my state pension when I retire.

To achieve this, I’m building a portfolio of high-yielding FTSE 100 shares, which offer some of the most generous dividends in the world. The two highest yielders in my portfolio, wealth manager M&G and insurer Phoenix Group Holdings (LSE: PHNX), currently give me an ultra-high second income with yields of 10.14% and 9.01% a year respectively.

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Better still, when the Bank of England finally cuts interest rates – which could happen as early as May – their share prices should recover as economic sentiment and stock markets rebound. So I might just bag some capital growth as well.

Look at those dividends

Double-digit yields can prove vulnerable. Some 18 months ago, I bought housebuilder Persimmon and miner Rio Tinto, which were yielding 20% and 10% respectively. Within weeks, both payouts had been slashed.

Yet after reading their company reports, I think both M&G and Phoenix have a good chance of maintaining their super-sized shareholder rewards.

Since listing in 2019, M&G has returned more than £2.5bn to shareholders. In half-yearly results published on 20 September last year, the board confirmed that its “policy of delivering stable or growing dividends to our shareholders remains unchanged”. It then hiked its interim ordinary dividend by 5%.

M&G boasts financial strength after generating first-half operating capital of £505m, up from £433m the year before. Its shareholder Solvency II coverage ratio is strong at 199%. Markets reckon the yield will creep up to 9.23% in 2024. 

The M&G share price climbed 10.95% in the last year, giving me a 12-month total return of almost 20%. Neither dividends nor capital growth is guaranteed and if shares crash M&G will duly follow. Since I plan to hold for the long-term, I can look past short-term volatility.

Phoenix is my most recent purchase, bought on 30 January at £5.11 a share. With the stock at £5.05 today, I’m down 1.66%, but these are very early days.

Just brilliant yields

As with M&G, I plan to hold Phoenix for years and ideally decades, to give my dividends and any capital growth time to compound and grow.

The Phoenix share price has crashed 21.42% over the last 12 months, and looks dirt-cheap at today’s trading at 6.1 time earnings. I’d buy more if I had the cash, even though it has hardly responded to this week’s rally. I may have to be even more patient with this one.

While I wait for the recovery, I’ll reinvest my blockbuster second income. Again, it looks solid, with Phoenix hitting its £1.5bn new business long-term cash target two years early. Given recent poor share price performance, the dividend is the main reason for holding the stock.

Combined, these two uber-yielders yield 9.58%. If I split a full £20k ISA allowance between them, I’d hope to get income of £1,915. That’s almost £2k in year one and if I’m right and their dividends are sustainable, that should steadily rise over the years. Who knows, I might get some share price growth too.

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Harvey Jones has positions in M&g Plc, Persimmon Plc, and Phoenix Group Plc. The Motley Fool UK has recommended M&g Plc. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

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