£10k in an ISA? How does £840 passive income a year sound?

With these three high-yielding UK dividend stocks, investors could potentially generate a substantial amount of passive income every year.

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Passive income is what a lot of investors are looking for right now and it’s easy to see why. When generating this powerful form of income, investors typically have a lot more financial flexibility.

The good news is that today, literally anyone can generate passive income by investing in dividend stocks. With that in mind, here’s a look at a simple three-stock portfolio that could potentially generate around £840 in annual income (tax-free if it’s in an ISA) from a total outlay of £10k.

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Monster dividends

The first stock in my hypothetical income portfolio is insurance and investment management company Legal & General (LSE: LGEN).

Legal & General has paid out some monster dividends in recent years and analysts expect this trend to continue in the near term.

For 2024, the company is expected to pay out 21.4p per share in dividends to investors. At today’s share price that equates to a yield of 8.5%, meaning a £3,333 investment could generate annual income of around £283.

Now, I’ll point out that analysts’ forecasts aren’t always accurate. And we could see Legal & General reduce its dividend in the years ahead to reinvest capital and generate more long-term growth.

One metric that concerns me a little is the company’s dividend coverage ratio (the ratio of earnings per share to dividends per share). Currently, this isn’t very high, which suggests there’s a chance of a dividend cut.

A near-10% yield

Next, we have savings and investments company M&G (LSE: MNG). This is another company that’s known for paying big dividends. Since it was split from Prudential in 2019, it’s paid out a lot of cash.

For 2024, the payout is expected to be 20.2p per share. At today’s share price, that equates to a yield of 9.7%, meaning a £3,333 investment could deliver annual passive income of around £323.

Like Legal & General, M&G has a relatively low dividend coverage ratio at the moment. So investors shouldn’t bank on dividends remaining at current levels.

If the company’s profits were to decline due to poor conditions in the financial markets, the company may decide to lower its payout and conserve cash.

Income from UK property

The third stock in my hypothetical portfolio is healthcare properties owner Primary Health Properties (LSE: PHP).

This company’s classified as a real estate investment trust (REIT). As a result, it’s required to pay out a large chunk of its profits to its investors in cash.

For 2024, analysts are expecting a payout of 6.9p, which is a yield of 7.1% today. Invest £3,333 and the annual income could be around £236.

The risk with this stock is interest rates. If they were to move higher, the company’s profits and dividends could decline.

It’s looking like the next move for UK interest rates will be down though. We could potentially see a cut in the next few months.

More passive income ideas

Now, I’ll point out that only owning three dividend stocks would be quite risky. If one company’s share price declined significantly, overall returns could be disappointing.

Generally speaking, it’s smart to own at least 15 stocks when investing for income. If you’re looking for more stock ideas, you can find plenty here at The Motley Fool.

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Edward Sheldon has positions in Prudential Plc. The Motley Fool UK has recommended M&g Plc, Primary Health Properties Plc, and Prudential 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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