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How To Make Investments In The Stock Market – Easy Step By Step Guide

I know many people who would like to invest in the stock market but don’t know how. They want to know how to open a stock brokerage account. How to purchase shares like BP, Apple or Disney. How to collect the dividends owed to them. This article will give a step by set guide on how to buy and sell shares.   Open An Account With A Stock Broker / Investment Platform. In order to buy and sell shares you need to sign up with a stock broker / investment platform. Most investing is done online these days and all the best stock broking platforms can be found online too. […]


Averaging Down On A Stock Requires Mental Strength And Conviction 


I have made it no secret that I like to buy shares when prices go down. Just like you would get excited for when those trainers you were admiring go on sale, I feel the same when it comes to shares in quality comes. When prices go down, I am able to buy more shares for the same amount of money. And more shares mean more dividend income. If prices go down further from the point at which I made my investment, I would be inclined to add to this position. Just look at my investment in Shire PLC. I first initiated a position at £44 a share. After my […]


Who Does The Money In Your Investment Account Belong To – Beaufort Securities

In private investor circles, the main talking point this year has been the scandal surrounding Beaufort Securities. It has left many investors asking the question “who does the money in my investment account really belong to?” Background to the Beaufort Securities Scandal On 2 March 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) declared Beaufort Securities Limited (BSL) and sister company Beaufort Asset Clearing Services Limited (BACSL) insolvent. Following this, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were appointed as administrators. PwC have estimated that it’s fees for administration would be in the region of £50million to £100 million. This amount is truly astonishing. But that is not the scandal here. The scandal is that PwC want […]


A £450,000 Unilever Stock Portfolio

One of my favourite times of the week is to read emails sent in via the contact form. Yes, I do read each and every email even though it may take me a few days to reply. One of the emails I received recently was from Thomas C who mentioned that he was a long time reader of this site. Tom’s letter was particularly interesting as he wrote in to tell me that he had built a six figure Unilever position over the years to the point where he is now able to withdraw dividends to fund his needs. In his letter to me, Tom mentioned that he had managed […]


Vodafone PLC Stock (VOD) – What A High Yield Stock Can Do For You.

The past week has seen Vodafone PLC trade at a 7% dividend yield. For every £1.83 share you purchase, you get £0.14 in annual income. Put another way, if you buy £1,830 worth of shares, your annual income is expected to be £140. Although the dividend is expected to to rise in the next year, let’s assume that the annual dividend income remains at last years level of £0.15 (in the interest of conservatism). Provided the dividend remains steady, each share of Vodafone purchased today stands to collect £0.28 in total, cumulative dividends over the next two years. Why is that important from a principal protection standpoint? Because it only takes […]


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 […]







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 – […]


My Dividends Are Producing More Dividends – Dividend Reinvestment Compounding returns 5

Dividend reinvesting is one of the most important concepts when it comes to growing your wealth over time. Research has shown time and again that investors who reinvest their dividends tend to outperform those that don’t over time. The outperformance can be huge and could be in the double to triple digits over the long-term! Have a look at this example on Galxosmithkline (GSK) to see how dividend reinvestment would have boosted returns. What is Dividend Reinvestment? In short, dividend re-investment is a strategy that allows investors to own more shares or units in a fund without putting their hand in their pocket for more cash beyond the original investment. […]


A Share Of Stock Is Just An Ownership Stake In A Business – Unilever Case Study

I recently read a report that the young generation of today are the most adverse to the stock market in recent history. I think a big part of the reason people are scared away from investing is they don’t understand that a share of stock is a piece of ownership. Let’s look at Unilever as an example. When you look at the company, you see a business that sells great products ranging from Lynxs deodorant to Magnum ice cream to Toni & Guy haircare. Last year, it brought in £43,171,950,000 in sales. After paying all of the expenses, salaries, and taxes, the owners were left with £4,245,700,000 in profit. Since […]


Accrol Papers – A Catastrophic Loss From A Small Cap 2

Every Investor, through the course of their investment lifetime, will experience a negative setback in the form of a bad investment decision. No investor has a perfect record. And if any of them were to ever tell you otherwise, you can be sure that they are giving you ‘alternative facts.’ Even the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffet, has made bad decisions. Most notably of these was the purchase of Dexter Shoes which has cost Berkshire Hathaway an estimated £7.2 billion and growing to date – as the purchase was made using Berkshire Hathaway shares! Ever since I launched my income focussed portfolio over two years ago, it has […]