5 FTSE 100 shares to consider buying for passive income right now

The FTSE 100 is having its best start to the year for ages, and that’s pushing the top dividend yields down a bit. But it’s not too late.

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I hate to tempt fate, but the FTSE 100 has been solidly above 8,000 points for nearly a month now.

That means some of its top dividend yields have dropped a bit. But I still see nice fat ones that I could line up for some long-term passive income.

These five might be my favourite dividend stock buys right now, on the following forecasts.

Phoenix Group Holdings508p10.4%10.8%11.0%
British American Tobacco2,460p9.5%9.9%10.4%
Taylor Wimpey148p6.4%6.5%6.5%
BT Group131p6.1%6.4%6.4%
NatWest Group (LSE: NWG)314p5.4%5.6%6.0%
Average yield7.6%7.8%8.1%
(Sources: Yahoo!, MarketScreener)

Passive income

Those are cracking yields, even with the FTSE 100 on a 2024 surge. I think our top Footsie share prices could still have a fair way to go.

And I wonder if 2024 could turn out to be one of the best years to buy income stocks in a decade.

Taking home an annual 7.6% would be nice. But even better, reinvesting the money in new shares each year could help us build up a nice big pot by retirement time.

The best bank

As the months go by, my take on the best value bank stock changes. That’s inevitable as share prices move, and the outlook varies. And at the moment, it’s NatWest.

HSBC Holdings offers a bigger dividend, but I don’t want any China risk. Of the rest, NatWest’s dividend looks best to me, and the stock valuation is low too.

Also, the government is winding down its holding, taken on when the bank was known as Royal Bank of Scotland and was in need of a bailout.

When that’s all sold, and NatWest is again fully in free market hands, I think the share price might get an extra boost. But as it is, I hold Lloyds Banking Group, and I don’t want to add another bank just yet.

Finance risk

I have Phoenix Group in my list too, so I’m doubling up on my finance sector risk here. And with a weak economic outlook, it’s real risk.

NatWest, along with other banks, reported a Q1 profit fall. And Bank of England rate cuts, when they come, could hurt our banks’ lending margins. In today’s global scene, anything in finance and insurance could be in for a shaky year or two.

Still, the only reason I wouldn’t buy Phoenix now is that I own some Aviva shares. And like banks, one insurance firm is enough for me in 2024.

Long-term buys

Of the others, I bought some Persimmon shares, otherwise I’d want to buy into the long-term house building market.

I’m warming to the BT dividend too, despite the firm’s big debts. BT’s latest results make me think it’s turning the corner, and the dividend could be stable now.

So, if I didn’t already have shares in three of the sectors here, these five could easily be my next passive income buys.

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HSBC Holdings is an advertising partner of The Ascent, a Motley Fool company. Alan Oscroft has positions in Aviva Plc, Lloyds Banking Group Plc, and Persimmon Plc. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British American Tobacco P.l.c., HSBC Holdings, and Lloyds Banking Group 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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