Lindsell Train Investment Trust (LTI) Full Portfolio Breakdown – UK, Global and Japan Equity

The Lindsell Train Investment Trust has had a remarkable run over the last 10 years. Over this time, it has produced gains of just over 400% or 16% per annum. This is simply amazing. It is no wonder the investment trust is trading at a 15% premium to the value of shares it holds. If you think a 15% premium is crazy, just over a year ago it was trading at a 60% premium. The performance of the LindsellTrain Investment Trust and its exceptional returns haven’t gone unnoticed and I have had a number of readers contact me asking what individual stocks the fund holds. As such, I have done […]


Paying Up For Quality Growth Stocks – What Makes A Great Business

Great businesses produce great returns. As Warren Buffet said “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.” Rather than heading the great porches advice, most investors underestimate business quality which results in unduly low market valuations for the very best companies. As an individual investor, understanding quality and its true value can lead you to craft an investment strategy that exploits market inefficiencies. What Makes an Extraordinary Business So what makes a business extraordinary that deserves a premium rating? A truly great business can come in many guises but by and large there is a need for an […]


Money and Life Lessons For New Graduates

With graduation season upon us, now is a good time for me to impart my wisdom on the personal finance and life lessons I have learnt since my graduation. You may think the good times are over but graduation is just the start and their is a whole world out there in front of you. I know making a living on your own might sound scary, but heck, millions of people have done so in the past, so have some faith. The real world is tough no doubt about it. Student debt it too high, wages are stagnant, the Great Recession made it difficult to find a job and house […]


Why stocks fall in August and September and Rise in December

Most people who have been invested in the market for a number of years realise that on average stocks tend to have a negative return during the months of August and September. Looking at data for the S&P500, we can see this phenomenon playing out. In September 2016, the S&P500s return was -0.12%, August 2016 – 0.12%, September 2015 -2.64%, August 2015 -6.26%, September 2014 -1.55%, August 2013 -3.13%. Considering we have been in a bull market over this period, it is peculiar that the average return over August and September for this period is negative. The reason why the US stock markets – and this other markets which are […]


DMGT Stock Purchase – A Media Company With Hidden Technology Assets 1

Daily Mail Group Trust (DMGT) is best known for its ownership of its media assets, namely The Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Ireland on Sunday, Metro and the worlds number 1 online newspaper MailOnline. But from an investors point of view DMGT is known for its immense success. Since listing in 1932 it has never asked investors for an additional penny of capital – meaning the current market capitalisation of £2.2bn and the exemplary dividend growth record (8%pa compound over the last 20 years for instance) have been funded solely by the smart reinvestment of retained earnings and prudent use of debt. Looking at the historic performance of the shares […]


How Not To Check Your Stocks Every Week – Key To Being Patient As An Investor 2

After purchasing my first property earlier this year, I registered with popular real estate site Zoopla in order to keep a track on the value of my property. Initially, this seemed like great idea as I could track my property value and net worth in real time. The first couple of weeks went great. My house was up £300 in the first week and £1000 in the next. I remember thinking at the time that I had certainly got a great deal. But the email I received on the third week ruined my mood. It showed that the value of the property was down £2000. I felt a chill in […]


How Benjamin Graham Valued And Bought Stocks

Ask any professional investor about Benjamin Graham and they will tell you he deserves his place amongst the top 10 greatest investors of all time. Ask Warren Buffet and he’ll certainly place Ben Graham as number 1. Benjamin Graham is the father of value investing and wrote one of the book that shaped many an investors career; investors Security Analysis. The book which is seen as the bible of the value investing world is an essential read for anyone wishing to invest in individual stocks. Benjamin Graham’s value investing strategy was focused on buying stocks with the same discipline as an insurance underwriter, carefully considering the risks, rejecting potential securities […]


What Do The Different Dividend Dates Mean? Declaration, Record, Exdividend and Payment Dates

When it comes to investing for dividends, it is important to familiarise yourself with all the different dates in a companies dividend timetable. The dates are important as it determines who qualifies for a dividend payment and when those payments will reach your bank account. The four key dates any investor needs to be familiar with are the declaration date, the record date, the ex-dividend date and the payment date. Dividend Declaration Date This is the date the company you are invested in announces the details of the dividend. By going to the investor relation section of the companies website on this date, you will be able to see information […]


Second Quarter Dividend Income 2

The months of April, May and June have been great to me. I saw dividend after dividend hit my account. In total I received £423.80 in pure passive income from 29 different companies. That’s £423.80 for doing absolutely nothing but owning stakes in wonderful companies. The dividends I received in this quarter have essentially paid for my recent purchases in GSK and Shire and these will in turn churn out their own dividends. My dividends are producing their own dividends. This is a real life snowball in action. When averaged out, I received £141 a month during the past quarters. If you would have told me a couple of years […]


Why Do Stocks That Have Been Dropped By Index Funds Outperform The Newer Stocks Added.

According to research from the great Dr. Jeremy Siegel, 82% of stocks that are removed from the S&P 500 go on to outperform the stock that replaced them in the index during the subsequent three-years.  This finding seems counterintuitive. If a stock gets added to the S&P 500,the FTSE 100 or any other major index for that matter it must be riding a momentum wave that has seen its valuation increase. Likewise, a stock that is removed from the S&P 500 must have been riding a wave of sluggish performance that warranted its exclusion from the index. So what’s the reasoning? To understand the mechanics of Dr Siegel’s finding, contemplate […]