How Long Will It Take To Double My Money Through Investing In The Stock Market

One of the questions I get consistently asked is ‘how long it will take to double my money on the stock market or with any other investment?’ The answer depends on the rate of return. If you have a high rate of return, it will take a shorter period to double your money and if you have a lower rate of return it will take longer. Have a look at the below table to see how long it will take to double your money. As a reference, the historical average return of stocks is approx 7%-8% so you would double your money every 10 years via stock market investing. Besides […]

Do You Pay Tax On Accumulation Fund Units

One often questions I get asked a lot is ‘do you pay tax on accumulation funds?’ The simple answer is yes, you need to pay tax on accumulation funds if they are held outside an ISA or SIPP (Pension) wrapper. You will need to pay income tax on any distributions and capital gains tax on any capital appreciation. What are Accumulation Funds Accumulation funds are funds whose income is automatically reinvested in the fund. An accumulation unit is designed to offer you growth in the fund rather than income, so any income generated will be reinvested within the fund. Income funds on the other hand distribute any interest or dividend […]

Terry Smith Fundsmith Equity Fund Buys Facebook Shares In Its Portfolio 3

Terry Smith, the founder of Fundsmith, is a man I greatly admire. He is an anomaly in the world of investing and finance due to his his straight talking nature. He is a breath of fresh air as he is one of the only fund managers to eschew fees, invest his own money in the funds he runs and doesn’t performance chase for short term gains. His flagship funds performance has been exceptional since its inception with cumulative returns of 260.9% or 19.1% per annum. For reference, the MSCI world index generated returns of 133.3% or 12.3% per annum over the same period. Terry Smith is one of those active […]

What Is The Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) Movement And How To Obtain It

Over the past few years, many of you who are interested in personal finance have come across the FIRE movement. This article will help explain what this movement is all about and how you could be one of the people that follow the movement. What is Financial Independence Early Retirement (FIRE)? Financial Independence and Early Retirement, or FIRE for short, refers to achieving a level of passive income that covers all your expenses and spending commitments allowing you to withdraw from the workforce and retire early. Most people who join the movement hate their jobs and thus aim to create a self-sustaining pile of money that let’s them do whatever […]

February Stock Purchases – Be Cheerful Of Falling Stock Prices 1

February has seen shares in London listed companies finally experience some volatility and drop a notch. There was a combination of reasons for this; weakness in US shares, the rising value of the pound and the fear that interest rates may be increased faster than expected. This latter point is the most pronounced with the result being that solid defensive companies have seen their share prices drop more than the wider market. As someone still in the wealth accumulation stage of their life, I cherish lower stock prices as it gives me the opportunity to buy the stocks I like on the cheap. The only people who should wish for […]

Fidessa Plc – A Takeover Approach Of An Increasingly Rare Serial Compounder Of Wealth

This past week Fidessa Plc – a company I have been buying shares in via my monthly stock purchase programme – received a takeover bid from Temenos for a total value of £36.467p a share. The shares in the company consequently shot upas a result of he takeover bid and are now trading at £38; a price above Temenos bid price. The reason for the shares shooting higher than the bid price is due to heavyweight investor Elliot disclosing an increased stake in Fidessa implying that the current takeover price undervalues Fidessa. Elliot normally gets what they want – just look at how Qualcomm increased their bid for NXP semiconductors […]

Why Entrepreneurs Need To Own Shares In Blue Chip Companies – Story Of Miller Gorie And IBM

One of the most important concepts in personal finance is to create a second income stream. Having income flowing into your bank account from alternative sources outside your normal everyday work can help cushion stressful periods such as when you are made redundant. It can also help you escape the rat race by providing you with enough income to cover your expenses and enjoy life. This is is the whole concept behind my dividend growth portfolio. Even Warren Buffet agrees on the importance of this by saying “Never depend on a single income. Make Investments to create a second source.” Whilst many people advocate investing to create an income for […]

RWS Holdings PLC Stock Purchase – Buy Quality Companies During Market Selloffs 1

What just happened this past week? After a year and a half of smooth sailing, volatility reeked havoc in the stock market this past week which resulted in huge fluctuation in stock prices. For investors with cash on the sidelines, it provided a good opportunity to ‘buy the dip’ and buy certain shares at 10 – 15 % off. I do admit that I was a little slow in reacting to the initial sell-off as there were a number of shares offering attractive valuations. But thankfully I was able to pull the trigger and buy myself shares in a company I have been following for a long time now – […]

The Fantastic Economics Of Consumer Staple Stocks Result In Outsized Returns 4

Any regular reader of this site will know that I have a preference for investing in consumer staple stocks. Consumer staple companies sell products that are essential to everyday life, such as food, beverages, tobacco and household items; goods that people are unable or unwilling to cut out of their budgets regardless of their financial situation. My investment portfolio has an outsized position in this industry having bought stocks in Unilever, Procter & Gamble, RB, Estee Lauder, Coca Cola, Britvic, AG Barr, Imperial Brands and PZ Cussons. The consumer staples sector fascinates me because it reveals so much about human nature and the problem of economics versus behavioural economics. Over long periods […]

You Need To Become A Collector Of Cash Generating Assets

If the 1% had a secret it would be this – they focus on collecting assets that generate dividends, interest, rents and royalties. The collect cash generating assets such as patents, movie rights, property ownership, businesses, equities or farmland. On the other hand, the majority of people focus on collecting ‘stuff’. They always buy liabilities instead of assets and wonder why they never get ahead. It’s time to learn the rules of the game. Its time to learn how money works. What you read, watch and fantasise about the rich and what they actually do are two different things. Most people have this erroneous view that the rich splurge without […]